Andhra Pradesh authorities took again 20 acres of encroached land from the possession of Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) within the metropolis. “GITAM has encroached upon 40 acres of government land. So far we have retrieved 20 acres of that land,” a income division official confirmed to IANS.
Revenue officers and policemen reached the GITAM campus on Saturday morning with a JCB automobile and demolished the compound wall standing on the retrieved land.
“No building was destroyed, only the compound wall was demolished and vacant encroached land has been taken over. We set up a barrier till where we retrieved. Currently, the work is going on,” he stated.
According to the official, there was resistance from the administration of the school, however the income division officers satisfied the GITAM officers that the land had been in encroachment for a very long time.
“We convinced and took back our (government) land,” he identified.
He stated the income division first seen that the land was in unlawful occupation in 2014, although it could have been encroached earlier.
“Five months back we came here, surveyed and showed the management where they had encroached the land. We have also done a clear cut marking. They know what is happening and we informed them earlier,” noticed the income official.
However, no discover was issued to the school administration, apart from oral directions.
GITAM was arrange in 1980 by M.V.V.S. Murthi, who perished in a highway accident in 2018 in Alaska. A senior Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief, Murthi was elected to the Lok Sabha twice (1991 and 1999).
GITAM group of establishments have expanded extensively with massive campuses in Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, ranging from colleges to postgraduate programs.
Currently, GITAM is being run by Murthi’s grandson M. Sri Bharat. Bharat is married to the youngest daughter of Hindupur TDP MLA and Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s brother-in-law Nandamuri Balakrishna.
Bharat unsuccessfully contested the Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat within the 2019 General Elections.
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