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Jagan Reddy govt orders former CM Chandrababu Naidu to vacate private residence

Hyderabad | Barely a day after the demolition of Praja Vedica built during Chandrababu Naidu’s rule, the Jaganmohan Reddy-led government has now ordered the former to vacate his private residence.

According to the government, the house violates environmental norms and 28 buildings in total have been issued notices as they are built less than 100 metres from the Krishna River bank.

Senior YSR Congress Party leader and Rajya Sabha member Vijayasai Reddy said that the former Chief Minister’s residence is “also illegal”.

“The private residence where Naidu is staying is also illegal and Naidu should vacate the place immediately. If a property has been identified as illegal and if it’s constructed on the river bed, the only option left is to demolish,” Reddy said in a tweet on Thursday.

Last week, the YSR government had ordered the demolition of Praja Vedica (People’s Grievance Cell), and called it “illegal” and claimed that the structure violated the norms of the River Conservancy Act, 1884, since it was built on the banks of the Krishna river.

According to the Act, there should be no construction of any kind near 500m of any river.

The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority pasted the notice on the bungalow’s wall as the owner, Lingamaneni Ramesh, was away.

The bungalow was built on a six-acre land on the Krishna riverbed “without any legal permission and in total violation of rules and regulations,” the CRDA said in the notice.

Since Naidu’s residence is a private property, a demolition order cannot be directly passed by the government. There is also a pending court case.

Meanwhile, there are speculations that Chandrababu Naidu has already started looking for an alternative place.

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