Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy formally laid foundation to the Game City project a couple weeks ago amidst protests.

The infra and realty major DLF has put Andhra Pradesh Government in a fix by seeking the same plot of land earmarked for the development of Game City Project in Raidurg here.

The request was made following the cancellation of allotment of a plot to DLF within the same area of knowledge city after a heritage committee refused to permit construction on the plots allotted to DLF and Bangalore-based Purvankara about a month ago.

“In response to our request to take an alternative plot, DLF sought the allotment of the 30-acre plot which is earmarked for the construction of the Game City,’’ Jayesh Ranjan, Managing Director of APIIC, told Business Line on the sidelines of an event here on Thursday.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy formally laid foundation to the Game City project a couple weeks ago amidst protest from some industrialists that the land allotted to them was not being given by the corporation.

The plots were auctioned by APIIC in 2008 without any clue of the likely heritage issues which could crop up later in region which is close to the Golconda Fort and Durgam Cheruvu.

Out of 13 plots sold, Purvankara bought 20 acres with Rs400 crore and DLF 30 acres with Rs600 crore. But in its report given about 20 days back, the heritage committee whose approval is mandatory along with municipal authorities in select regions, refused permission.

Following this, APIIC had offered alternative land or refund of the money to these companies. “Now that they have come back asking for the land allotted to the project, we have written to the IT Department for its view which has to respond yet,’’ the APIIC official said.

(This article was published on January 23, 2014)
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