Opposing the officials' move to remove their houses for taking up the road widening and beautification works for the ensuing Krishna Pushkarams, the people of Tadepalli municipal town in the capital region of Amaravati staged a protest at Undavalli Centre on Friday.
Denouncing the government for targeting their houses and shops, the protesters besieged the Tadepalli municipal office, after going in a rally from Undavalli, and raised slogans against the government, leading to mild tension. Later, they submitted a memorandum of their demands to Tadepalli municipal commissioner B Siva Reddy.
According to the protesters, the officials marked to remove hundreds of houses in the localities including Mahanadu, NTR Colony, KL Rao Colony, Undavalli Centre, Seethanagaram and adjacent areas.
The agitators faulted the government for not taking any action against illegal structures on the Krishna River Karakatta. “Instead of removing such illegal structures, it is unfair on part of the government to remove our houses and shops," they averred and demanded that they be allotted pucca houses before removing their houses.
Extending support to the protesters, CPM Capital Committee convener Ch Babu Rao flayed the government for attempting to demolish hundreds of houses in the name of road widening and beautification works for pushkarams. As against its poll promise to give 3 cents land to every family, the ruling party was demolishing the houses, after coming to power.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, with an intention to give a corporate look to Amaravati, was resorting to such unethical measures, he alleged. Meanwhile, the protesters lamented that though they were paying house tax for several years, the officials maintained that only few of them paid the taxes.
When contacted, Tadepalli municipal commissioner Siva Reddy told Media that they have removed 150 illegal constructions and would remove another 30 houses soon. Since only 56 families have property tax details and ration cards, pucca houses will be constructed for them at Prakash Nagar, he added.