The issue of extending lease of the 560 properties, which are between 100 square yards and 500 square yards, came to light during a meeting Hyderabad collector Rahul Bojja had with revenue officials after he took charge recently. He asked the revenue officials to submit a report on the status of these properties.According to the Hyderabad district revenue records, there are 2,300 leased properties in three mandals of Secendrabad, Musheerabad and Marredpally in of the Secendrabad revenue division. The Britishers had allotted these properties, originally belonging to the Nizam, to private individuals. After Independence, the Britishers, while quitting India, allotted these properties to private persons on lease basis and it was recorded by the military estate officer (MEO) in the revenue records. Subsequently, the records were transferred to the state government and maintained by the revenue department. As per rules and regulations, the lease agreements have to be renewed every 30 years and could be extended to 90 years.
“Till 1993, the lease agreements were renewed based on nominal rates. In 1994, the Andhra Pradesh government issued a GO Ms No 816 and fixed (lease) market values based on the location. Responding to the GO, nearly 1,740 leaseholders came forward and extended their lease agreement for another 30 years (2024 year). However, 560 property owners failed to get it renewed,” sources in the Hyderabad collectorate told STOI. In fact, the then government had extended the deadline till 2005, but these leaseholders did not utilize the opportunity. The revenue department used to extend/renew lease agreement based on lease deed/sale of the property deed, link documents related to the property concerned and payment of market value, he said.
Most of the lessees were not staying at the properties, while nearly 80% of the original allottees had sold them to private persons. Only in few properties in Secendrabad, Marredpally and Musheerabad, the original lessees are still in occupation of their land. The Hyderabad collector has asked the revenue officials to submit the report and a decision would be taken soon whether to give further extension or resume these properties.