Jagan-led Andhra Pradesh government has cancelled the grants to 1.5-acre land allotted to Andhrajyothi, owned by Amoda Publications which was issued by the previous government. Minister Perni Nani stated that the AP Cabinet has decided to cancel the allocation due to contravention of public interest as the land which carries the worth of about 40 crores was granted for less than 50 lakhs. He said the decision was taken abiding by the law. “There are no constructions in the land and the government will soon take up the project to provide houses for the poor.
Andhrajyothi authorities have responded to the issue that the 1.5-acre land has been allotted by erstwhile CM NT Ramarao in 1986 at the cost of Rs 10,000 per acre. They stated that though an acre of the land was taken over by the government for the widening of National Highway-16 after some years, the remaining 50 cent land is in the hold of Amoda Publications. ‘In 2017 Chandrababu Naidu’s government allotted 1.5 acre land in Paradesipallem in compensation to the land taken in road widening. They alloted old 50 cents of land at a rate of Rs 10,000 and new 1 acre land at a rate of Rs 50 lakh,’ they added. Amoda Publications also stated that as per the Collector’s report, they paid Rs 50 lakhs for the land allocated in Paradesipallem. ‘The present value of the land is Rs 2 crore 33 lakh 22 thousand and what government claims about the land’s worth is wrong,’ they added.