TDP sees YSRCP ploy to ‘capture’ RTC properties in Andhra Pradesh

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Tuesday said the merger of the AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) with the government is “part of a ploy by the ruling YSR Congress Party government to capture vast properties of the public transport giant.”

In a statement, TDP Polit Bureau member and former RTC president Varla Ramaiah referred to the case of the ruling party leaders taking the APSRTC land in Bapatla to build their party office, saying “very soon all the vacant land. APSRTC will be taken over by the ruling party.”

He said these properties should only be used to improve the financial conditions of the public sector transport department. But he alleged that these valuable properties were being handed over to government men, adding that APSRTC chairman, vice-chairman and managing director were “turning a blind eye” to the issue.

According to him, since acquisition of RTC land would not have been possible if the organization remained a corporation, the government facilitated it through its merger.

“YSRCP, which has been mortgaging land belonging to government institutions to get loans, is now resorting to selling them for the benefit of its own party men,” he alleged.

APSRTC was allowed to raise funds by giving vacant land in its warehouses on lease for 33 years in the form of ‘Build Operation Transfer’. “But they are giving it to YSRCP for throwaway price,” he said.

Mr. Ramaiah asked the Chief Minister to intervene and prevent “the capture of RTC land by his party men”.

APSRTC unions should protest against the move as it has been done against the interests of the organization and the President should do his part to stop the land occupation while the Vice President and Director General should counter the move if and when needed. , he should not hesitate to take legal recourse, he said.

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