The Hindu , 15 Feb, 2007
Over 1,500 acres alienated by APIIC in Manikonda wakf property: Owaisi
HYDERABAD: Majlis floor leader in the Assembly, Akbaruddin Owaisi, alleged that more than 11,000 acres of wakf lands had been alienated to multinational companies and leading software firms in and around the city.
Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor on Wednesday, he said Microsoft, Wipro, Electronic City, Gem and Jewellery Park and the Indian School of Business (ISB) had come up on wakf land.
He said 1,600 acres alienated by the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation in Manikonda was wakf property, which has been confirmed by the district administration. These lands were worth over Rs. 20,000 crores. Mr. Owaisi demanded the lease deed with these firms be rewritten in favour of the board.
He sought 10 per cent quota for Muslims in the companies and educational institutions built on wakf land.
Faulting `narrow' flyovers in the city, he said they would create more traffic snarls. Introduction of bus rapid transit system was the only solution to solve the traffic problems instead of MTRS. He thanked the Government for the old city's special package.
Mr. Owaisi said the Governor's address had ignored the five per cent reservation for Muslims and wanted the Government to initiate steps to overcome legal hurdles in its implementation.