TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu (PTI file)
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu (PTI file)

Naidu asked to vacate ‘illegal’ riverbank home in Vijayawada

  • The notice was issued by the CRDA to the owner, Lingamaneni Ramesh, asking him to demolish illegal parts of the house within seven days, as it reportedly flouts green norms
  • During his tenure as CM between 2014 and 2019, Naidu had rented the villa on the Krishna river waterfront from Lingamani Estates

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) on Friday issued a notice to the owner of the house in which Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu is staying in Vijayawada.

The notice was issued by the zonal assistant director of the CRDA in the early hours to the owner, Lingamaneni Ramesh, asking him to vacate the house and demolish illegal parts of it within seven days, as it reportedly flouts environment norms.

According to the notice, an inspection by officials found that construction on the land took place without permission and against the rules. “As building construction in the above-mentioned land was done illegally without any permission, the ground and first floor, the RCC room, swimming pool and helipad were built in less than 100 meters distance of the Krishna river, and also without taking permission from this organization," read the notice, which was posted on the wall at the security office.

Earlier this week, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had ordered the demolition of Praja Vedika (people grievances' cell) in the same premises, calling it illegal, and claimed that the structure violated norms of the River Conservancy Act, 1884, since it was built on the banks of the Krishna river.

A TDP functionary, who did not want to be named, said Naidu has been looking for a house in the area and has almost zeroed in on one. “He is likely to move out soon and shift to a new place. Houses in that area near the Krishna river were issued notices four years ago as well, and the matter went to court, which issued a stay," he added.

During his tenure as chief minister between 2014 and 2019, Naidu had rented the villa on the Krishna river waterfront from Lingamani Estates. The house has a swimming pool, and the TDP chief built a helipad and the praja vedika there in February 2018. The structures were reportedly constructed without following due process and in violation of the Andhra Pradesh River Conservancy Act and the Centre's Environmental Protection Act.

The TDP functionary said Naidu had taken the house on rent and stated that all of the documents were checked before moving in. “Permits from the panchayat were taken in 2012 and also from the Vijayawada Urban Development Authority. Senior TDP leader and Vijayawada member of parliament Kesineni Nani took to Twitter to express his displeasure over the notice.

“Honourable chief minister Jagan Reddy garu will your demolishing of illegal constructions under River Conservancy Act be restricted to just 60 or 70 buildings or will it be implemented across the state on Krishna & Godavari banks!!!," he tweeted.

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