YSR-proposed Apparel Park up for grabs

Karimnagar, Jan 30,
2013: The 90-acre Government land at Mandepally in Karimnagar district where
Dr.YSR proposed the Apparel Park to help the handloom workers is now on the
verge of being handed over to the real estate agents.

The Kiran Kumar
Reddy-led Government has been trying to hand over the land to real estate
agents in the name of expanding the nearby textile park and in the process
ordered a survey of the land.

Dr.YSR proposed an
Apparel Park with Rs.100 Cr investment in the land which was acquired from
farmers and others. In 2008, the then District Collector Sandeep Kumar Sultania
sent proceedings to Dr YSR intimating that the land was ready to launch the
Apparel Park. But, unfortunately, the proposal to construct the Park was put in
cold storage after the death of YSR.

Now, efforts are on by
the officials to hand over the land, situated in survey number 377 on the
outskirts of Mandepally in Sircilla Mandalam, to some people who have come forward
to start industries.

“The land will be
handed over to 250 persons who have come forward to start industries there as
part of the expansion of the textile park,” said Prabhakar, RDD of the textile department
after the survey on Tuesday. The survey was conducted by officials of both
textiles and revenue departments.

Government’s move to
hand over its 90-acre land to private persons in the name of expanding the
textiles park after a 3-year gap raised suspicions as industries were
established in only 115 plots out of the 217 plots in the 10-year old Textiles
Park. And out of the 115 units, only 70 units are working presently. Those who
got plots in the Textiles Park at the rate of Rs.40 per sq. yard, later sold
them for Rs.15 lakh each.

In this background, the
Government’s move to hand over the Apparel Park land to private persons fuelled
speculations that it may be grabbed by the real estate agents with the tacit
approval of the Government.

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