1,300 kanals of state land under illegal occupation in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana

Ejaz-ul-Haq

SRINAGAR: Government on Wednesday said that 1382 kanals of state land was under illegal occupation at different locations in Delhi, Haryana, Amritsar and Chandigarh since 1946.
In a written reply to a question by MLC S Bashir Ahmad Veeri, Hospitality and Protocol department revealed that the state land of Jammu and Kashmir measuring 1251 and 4 marlas was under illegal occupation of Bajwa Brothers to whom the land was initially leased out for a period of 5 years w.e.f. 1957 to 1962.
The department said that the private party got stay from the court of Punjab and Haryana. “Since then the matter is subjudice. The case is listed for hearing on 20-11-2015 in the High court of Punjab and Haryana.”
It was also given out that the state land measuring 32 kanals at Tapai Road, Amritsar was under illegal occupation of the family members of the original lease holders.
“The land measuring 96 kanals with huge building infra-structure on it at Kashmir House, Raja Ji Marg, New Delhi is under the occupation of Ministry of Defence, government of India from 1946 at an annual rent of 97,642.”
The state government has been vigorously perusing the matter with the concerned ministry at the highest level right from 1977, the reply said.
About the state land measuring 2 kanals in Chandigarh, the reply said that the matter was being “vigorously” followed up with the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India to vacate the state owned building at SCO28-31, sector 17, Chandigarh.

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