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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Gurgaon: Land worth crores restored to Panchayat
Gurgaon, December 11, 2011
The Gurgaon district administration has restored 165 acres of panchayat land worth crores to Nainwal gram panchayat near IMT Manesar. This land was fraudulently converted into 'Shamlat Deh' allegedly by the then revenue officials to benefit private shareholders and land-grabbers. The Gurgaon deputy commissioner, P C Meena, has ensured not only possession of this land to the gram panchayat but also the ownership or title which had been transferred in individuals' names.
As per records, the panchayati land of village Nainwal was changed into 'Shamlat Deh' by the then revenue officials in December 2004. This was then illegally distributed among private shareholders without the relevant order from any competent court.The then sub-divisional magistrate ( SDM) of Gurgaon, who was also allegedly involved in the case, has already been dismissed by the state government.
"Out of a total 165 acres, 42 acres was transferred in the name of M/s Gamma Buildwell Private Limited, another 42 acres was with M/s Zenith Real Private Limited and the remaining 81 acres of land was in the name of numerous private persons," said the DC. The sarpanch, Manoj Yadav, confirmed that they have taken back possession of the said land.
"Out of 165 acres of this reclaimed land, about 80 acres was irrigated and the panchayat would like to give this piece of land on lease so that income can be generated for taking up works of development in the village," Yadav said.
According to the sarpanch, apart from this 165 acres, some land belonging to village panchayat was under acquisition by the government, and the case was pending in the court. Now, after getting the ownership, in the event of acquisition, the village panchayat will get a compensation of about Rs 4 crore which otherwise would have gone to the private shareholders as compensation.
This amount also can be utilized for taking up development works in the village. This is barely a few months after the district administration had helped get back 1,900 acres land to Municipal Committee Sohna which was saved from going into the hands of the land mafia. The Nainwal case is the second case of its kind in which a large piece of government land has been taken back from the land grabbers.