Land for politics: Andhra CM thanks Owaisi with reward Land for politics: Andhra CM thanks Owaisi with reward Kiran Reddy is thankful to the MIM for bailing out his government. S RAMA KRISHNA HYDERABAD | 13th Oct 2012 he Kiran Kumar Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh is all set to say a big thank you to Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin Owaisi of the Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) by handing over to them prime property worth Rs 250 cr, although on a lease. This will involve evicting the current occupant of the 14,850 sq yard-plot, Mahavir Hospital. Reddy is thankful to the MIM for bailing out his government in a trust vote on 5 December 2011 and wants the plot located at Hyderabd's Masab Tank to be given to the Deccan College of Medical Sciences (DCMS) run by the Owaisi brothers. The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) is putting pressure on revenue officials to cancel the lease deed with Mahavir Hospital, in spite of pleas from the latter that the deed be renewed. The Owaisis are arguing that Mahavir Hospital got the land on a 30-year lease in March 1977; and since the lease expired in March 2007, the land can be allotted to anyone by annulling the deed. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and Charminar MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi have been meeting Kiran Reddy regularly since March 2012 on this matter. The Chief Minister, in turn, sought the views of the revenue department on the Owaisis' petition. But the then Hyderabad district collector Nataraj Gulzar (transferred six months ago) opposed the Owaisis' demand. Gulzar, according to sources in the collector's office, wrote to the CMO saying that Mahavir Hospital's request for a renewal of the lease should be considered as the "hospital is doing a great service to the poor and the middle-class in the city". Hyderabad joint collector E. Sridhar probed the Owaisis' allegation that Mahavir violated lease terms by outsourcing some of its services, but found it to be wrong. But even after receiving these reports in July, the Chief Minister has once again asked the revenue department to study the options about leasing the land to someone else on a higher rate. The Mahavir Trust, which runs the hospital, got the lease for a nominal payment of Re 1 per sq yard. On the CMO's orders, Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy sought the views of the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA). The current CCLA, M. Samuel, who took charge in July, overruled Gulzar's and Sridhar's reports and submitted a report to the government stating that Mahavir Hospital's lease could be revoked and the land could be given to others. Samuel, according to sources, told the government that Mahavir Hospital had outsourced some of its services, thus violating its lease terms. His report will be considered at the next Cabinet meeting. Mahavir Hospital's managing trustee, Girish Bhandari told The Sunday Guardian that they had not outsourced any of their facilities. "We have an intake of 800 beds and 1,000 outpatients. We have many super-speciality facilities such as kidney dialysis. The then US President Bill Clinton visited us in 1999 to see our vaccination programme. Our lease should be renewed immediately." The DCMS medical college, which is run by an Owaisi-owned trust, is at present located in the congested Kanchanbagh in the Old City. It was started in 1984 with 100 MBBS seats, a number that went up to 150 in 1995. The college has got permission from the Medical Council of India to increase its intake to 250 MBBS seats, plus some PG super-speciality seats. In his memorandum, Akbaruddin Owaisi said that the two major hospitals attached to the college, Owaisi Hospital at Kanchanbagh and Princess Esra Hospital in Sha Ali Banda, also in the Old City, with a combined bed strength of 1,100, urgently needed new premises in the heart of the city and that "the land now occupied by Mahavir Hospitals is ideally suited for the purpose". The Owaisi brothers have also sought another 13 acres of government land in the city for their family run institutions. Of these, five acres were sought for an engineering college, five acres for vocational training centres to be set up by Salar-e-Millat educational trust and three acres for an Urdu newspaper, Etemaad. These requests too are being considered by the Kiran Reddy government. Akbaruddin Owaisi refused to comment on the row, in spite of repeated requests by this newspaper.