Telangana HC restrains government from shifting Gaddiannaram fruit market till Friday

Telangana High Court has restrained the state government from taking any steps to shift the Gaddiannaram Fruit Market from Kothapet to Batasingaram Logistic Hub.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  1 Oct 2021 3:31 AM GMT
Telangana HC restrains government from shifting Gaddiannaram fruit market till Friday

Hyderabad: Telangana High Court has restrained the state government from taking any steps to shift the Gaddiannaram Fruit Market from Kothapet to Batasingaram Logistic Hub.

A division bench of the Telangana High Court comprising Justice A. Rajashekar Reddy and Justice. T. Vinod Kumar directed the state government not to take any steps till Friday.

The bench was adjudicating an appeal challenging the single judge order of September 1 which had allowed the government to shift the Kothapet Fruit Market after September 30. The court had asked traders and commission agents to vacate the premises by September 30.

Wholesale Fruit Commission Agents Association, Gaddiannaram, Gangaiah Naidu informed the court that without notifying the market at Batasingaram, the government was trying to shift the Gaddiannaram fruit market. They said that fruits can be traded only in a specified market area otherwise it will attract a penalty.

On behalf of the Commission Agents Association, senior counsel Gangaiah Naidu informed the court that the present value of Gaddiannaram Fruit Market was Rs 1,500 crores. Naidu said it was difficult to shift such a big market to Batasingaram in such a short time as the alternate location lacked minimum basic facilities.

Senior counsel submitted that no facilities had been created at Batasingaram, which is a temporary site of 40 acres. He said a permanent fruit market was being set up on 178 acres of land at Koheda village of Ranga Reddy district.

He said the Batasingaram site belongs to the HMDA, to which the marketing committee will have to pay rent of Rs 15 lakh per month. The government was silent on who would pay the rent. He said the appellants welcomed the decision to set up the hospital.

Additional Advocate General J Ramachander Rao informed the court that the cabinet had taken a decision to construct four super-specialty hospitals in the twin cities. While construction work on the three hospitals had already commenced, it has not started at Kothapet because the matter was sub-judice

The court directed the government to furnish the GO notifying Batasingaram as the alternate place where the existing fruit market can be shifted. The court adjourned the matter to Friday

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