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AP High Court Puts Brakes on Amaravati’s R-5 Zone Housing Construction


Amaravati: In a significant blow to the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government, the Andhra Pradesh High Court delivered interim orders on Thursday, effectively halting the State’s housing construction efforts within Amaravati’s R-5 zone. The three-member bench of the High Court, consisting of Justice DVSS Somayajulu, Justice Cheekati Manavendranath Roy, and Justice Ravinath Tilhari, deliberated on petitions submitted by Amaravati farmers, ultimately leading to the interim ruling.

The petitions, put forth by the Rayapudi Dalit Bahujan Welfare Joint Action Committee (JAC) and Farmers Welfare Associations, challenged the validity of Act 13/2022 and Government Order (GO) 45. These amendments pertained to modifications made to the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Act, specifically regarding the R-5 zone in Amaravati.

The controversy centered around the allocation of house pattas to economically disadvantaged individuals through the Jagananna colonies within the R-5 zone, encompassing approximately 1,400 acres of land within the capital region. Additionally, the Government granted house construction documents to a substantial number of beneficiaries, totaling 50,793 individuals in Amaravati.

The Andhra Pradesh Government’s anticipated course of action involves contesting the High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court. This legal development marks a significant juncture in the ongoing debate surrounding the developmental trajectory of Amaravati and the associated policies that impact both its residents and the state government’s initiatives.


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