Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday suspended house demolitions until November 15 and issued an interim order after villagers from Ippatam village of Tadepalli mandal in Guntur district petitioned the court.
Villagers complained that their houses and boundary walls built 30 to 40 years ago were being demolished under the guise of widening the road and prayed for a court order to stop this.
A single judge bench headed by Judge Ravinath Tilhari heard the petition and served notices on the principal secretary, municipal administration and municipal commissioner of Mangalagiri, municipal corporation of Tadepalli and secretary Ippatam gram panchayat.
The court asked them to suspend the action until November 21, based on a notice served on the villagers earlier.
The applicants’ lawyer, Chidambaram, told the court that the applicants built their houses on their own land several years ago. “Without anyone asking for development work, officials proposed to widen the road.”
He argued that when the petitioners refused to accept the road widening proposal, they were charged with encroaching on the road and given notices, he said.
If the road widening works are to be undertaken, the authorities are expected to take charge of land acquisition and pay compensation to the villagers, he said, and argued that the issue of encroachment had been raised by the officials with an evil intention to avoid payment. of compensation.
He said there were also political interests behind the current development initiatives in the village.