Gramakantam or Porambaku in Telangana, Abadi lands in Andhra Pradesh are government open land for public usage under gram panchayat, and in most of the cases, it doesn’t have a survey number, Plots on Abadi land lack symmetry of the size and are haphazardly developed for its identification. It has bounded by certain restrictions for the sale or purchase of such kinds of lands.
In the year 1929 authorities had conducted a survey, in the survey and settlement act every village had been surveyed and allotted particular lands to settle down for villagers who has come from other places to live and the govt has not allotted the survey numbers, hence those lands are called as gramakantam lands.
The gramakantam lands are under local panchayats.
Gramakantam lands can be registered. According to registrations act, 1908 sec 22(A) prohibited properties are mentioned, which property can be registered and which cannot. Likewise, government lands are on the prohibited list and cannot be sold, purchased, or registered.
The government has discretionary powers to take back such kinds of gramakantam lands which are on the prohibited list. the lands of gramakantam are treated as government lands and are on the prohibitory list for registrations.
The government has the authority to convert these gramakantam lands for registration.
In the then United AP case Sagadapu Vijaya vs High court of AP, the honorable height court has given a judgment wherein one can buy, sell, and can register gramakamtam lands which has constructed houses and people residing with proper house number should be shown with proper transactions.
The then government has come up with a G.O. 361, wherein people with proper house numbers can be registered i.e, purchased and sold.
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