Govt Yet to Retrieve 1381 Kanals of Land under illegal Occupation across India



Government of Jammu and Kashmir Friday admitted that a huge chunk of land and immovable properties belong to state at New Delhi, Amritsar,  Chandigarh and Haryana are under unauthorized occupation, however, it added that steps have been taken by the Department of Hospitality and Protocol to reclaim and retrieve these properties at and earliest.

Minister of Hospitality and Protocol in response to the query raised by National Conference legislator Ali Muhammad Sagar informed the Legislative Assembly that out of total 1404 kanals of state property outside Jammu and Kashmir, only 23 kanals of land are in State possession while all but 1381 kanals of land have been illegally occupied by private and government parties including Ministry of Defence Government of India.

The government, according to CNS, said that State has properties at Rajaji Marg New Delhi (114 kanals 11.2 marlas), Chandigarh (7 kanals, 10.6 marlas), Daim Gunj Tapai Road Amritsar (32 kanals, 9 marlas) and Sisra Haryana (1251 kanals, 4 marlas).

“Out of 114 kanals and 11.2 marlas, the land measuring 96 kanals known as Kashmir House, Rajaji Marg is under occupation of the Ministry of Defence Government of India from 1946. The State Government is vigorously pursuing the matter to restore the State property from the Defence Ministry by raising the issue before Northern Zonal Council and concerned Ministry from time to time,” the government stated.

The Government further stated that 1 kanal and 6.8 marlas of property has been occupied by Ministry of Labour Employment Government of India at Chandigarh. “The rights of the said property will be obtained as soon as the under construction complex of Labour Ministry will be completed.”

“The State Government has 32 kanals and 9 marlas of land at Daim Gunj, Tapai Road Amritsar which is presently under unauthorized occupation of family members of the original lease holders. Three eviction suits were filed for the retrieval of the said land out of which two suits for the land measuring 29 kanals and 14 marlas have been decreed by the Court in favour of Jammu and Kashmir.”

According to the State Government it has 1251 kanals and 4 marlas of land at Mirpur Sirsa, Haryana as per Revenue records. “This land is under unauthorized occupation of ‘Bajwa Brothers’ to whom the land was initially leased out for 5 year from 1957 to 1962. They managed to transfer its ownership in favour of Mirpur Cooperative Society by an order dated 2/4/1986 passed by Assistant Collector, 1st Class District Revenue Officer, Sirsa. Since a revision petition filed by the State has been dismissed by the Commissioner Hissar in January 2012, a writ petition vide number CWP 1653-2014 titled State of J&K vs State of Haryana and others has been filed at Chandigarh for seeking restoration of land to the government of Jammu and Kashmir. As per latest information of Resident Representative Chandigarh, the matter was argued by M.L. Saggar on the issue applicability of article 131 of the Constitution of India. In this regard Punjab and Haryana Court was pleased to issue notice of motion on 16 January 2015. The case is sub-judice and the next date of hearing of the said case is on 17 July 2016 this year.”

Pertinently at Mumbai, land measuring 5,802 Square Yards at Napean Sea Road, is on lease with M/s Sanghvi Construction Company, Mumbai for 90 years with effect from 1 June 1991. The land has been leased out at a meager rate as compared to market value.

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