KTR illegal farm house issue: NGT issues notices to KTR on Revanth Reddy's complaint

KT Rama Rao, the Telangana IT minister and the only son of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has landed in trouble over his alleged illegal farm house constructed on Hyderabad city outskirts in violation of GO 111.

Congress firebrand leader and TPCC working president A Revanth Redd, who exposed this alleged illegal farmhouse of KTR in March this year has filed a complaint with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the issue.

The NGT admitted the case and issued notices to Telangana government and KTR on June 5, 2020, Friday.

The previous TDP government in United Andhra Pradesh issued GO 111 in 1996, which prohibits construction activities within 10 kilometre radius of Hyderabad's twin lakes, Himayat Sagar and Osmansagar on city outskirts as per the directions of the Supreme Court.

The GO prohibits construction activities in 84 villages spread in six mandals to protect the catchment areas of both the lakes.

However, Revanth Reddy using drone cameras exposed how KTR misusing his power had constructed a palatial farm house in the catchment area in violation of GO 111.

Revanth Reddy was arrested and sent to Cherlapally jail for using drone camera in violation of prohibitory orders on usage of drones. However, Revanth came out of the jail on bail.

Revanth later filed a petition in the National Green Tribunal against KTR's farmhouse.

The NGT also issued notices to TS pollution control board, GHMC, water works department, HMDA and Ranga Reddy collector.

The NGT has also set up a fact finding commitee headed by Central environment registry regional office.

The committee has been asked to submit the report within two months.

Along with KTR farm house, the committee should also examine whether NGT judgement delivered in 2018 on GO 111 case was implemented in letter and spirit.

Revanth Reddy alleged that the farmhouse has a built up area of 1 lakh sq ft built in spread over 25 acre, was constructed in violation of GO 111 which objects construction around Himayat Sagar lake.