Hyderabad: The government has allotted 24 acres of land in Himayatsagar belonging to the Government Ayurvedic College to develop a healing centre. The land was given during the golden jubilee of the college in 1995.
The college authorities have written to the state Ayush department that the government had given it 56 acres for herbal plantation and experiments. Dr Mallu Prasad, member of Telangana Central Council of Indian Medicine, said, “The land was allotted to the Ayurvedic College in Erragadda. This was utilised for growing herbal plants and for experiments for the students in their undergraduate and post-graudate levels. Now the government wants to develop a healing centre about which the department of Ayush has not been informed.”
The land is in the catchment area of Himayatsagar, and its utilisation was meant only for growing of medicinal plants which are used in ayurveda. Dr Rajender Reddy, incharge director of Ayush, explained, “I have not got any government order yet. The land at Himayatsagar was encroached upon, and the court ruled in the favour of the college. The land belongs to the college.” The land lies in Survey No 75 to 81. The medicinal plant board has developed a nursery on the land parcel, an official of the Ayush department said.