After dragging its feet for more than a year, the Telangana State Waqf Board (TSWB) is now exploring methods to lease 11 land parcels for a period of 30 years.
A member of the TSWB said the decision was taken at a recent board meeting after a few parties expressed interest in taking on lease four waqf land parcels in the city — a property in Begumpet endowed to Ashoorkhana Naal Saab; Hakeem Basheeruddin Waqf in Khairtabad; one near Gachibowli endowed to Razdar Hussain waqf institution and another endowed to Masjid-e-Chowkhandi in Shaikpet. These are approximately 500 square yards to half-acre in size.
“It was decided to expedite the process of leasing these lands so that the board’s revenue can be enhanced. However, there are procedures and rules which have to be framed. The CEO, Shahnawaz Qasim, has been requested to examine methods of leasing and calling for tenders so that it is a win-win situation for the board and lessees,” said senior board member Syed Akbar Nizamuddin Hussaini.
The TSWB is also facing the mammoth task of revising rents of hundreds of shops, known as ‘mulgies’, across the State in yet another attempt to increase its revenue.
Though revenue through rent collection was not immediately available, sources said collection has been an uphill task. They claimed large amounts are due from various waqf institutions since 2014. “In Hyderabad, a massive chunk of rents have not come from the Makka Madina Alladin Waqf and the Nabikhana Moulvi Akbar in Pathergatti. In Karimnagar, rents are due from Madinah Complex and in Nizamabad, from Station Bazar Complex. There are close to 1,000 mulgies combined. Only a few have paid rent,” the source said.
A senior TSWB official, however, said a five-member committee, which includes the CEO and Chairman, has been constituted and is negotiating terms and new rentals. “We are looking at enhancing rent by upto 25%. We didn’t want to take existing low rents from tenants because it will mean we have validated them and that these low rents are justified,” the official said. Rent revision, he added, would be complete in about a month.
Board CEO Shahnawaz Qasim has been requested to examine methods of leasing and calling for tenders so that it is a win-win situation for the board and lessees.
Syed Akbar Nizamuddin Hussaini,
Senior TSWB member
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