HYDERABAD: The prime area of Banjara Hills is the litigation capital of Andhra Pradesh, what with vast tracts of disputed land here. Vacant land measuring up to 140 acres in different parts of Banjara Hills and worth as much as Rs 3,000 crore is presently under litigation. The Shaikpet division of the revenue department that oversees Banjara Hills has documented each of these disputes between the government and private parties that claim to be its owners. The cases have lasted decades during which the Musi may have dried up but the disputes remain unresolved.
At the heart of this lost prime land is the history of Banjara Hills without which the story of these litigations is incomplete. Most claimants to these properties are descendents of families who claim to have been gifted these vast tracts of land as gifts during the Nizam's period. Some have even claimed that they had purchased these plots during the Nizam's time and even show documents in Urdu stating that the land belonged to them. The various cases (many of them convoluted with more than one party showing the land as theirs) are being fought in Hyderabad's courts over the last many years and are largely about the legal sanctity of these claims and documents. Read more
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