In a relief to Delhi-based Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), the Haryana cabinet on Tuesday extended the deadline by two years for setting up an eye hospital by the trust on land leased by Gurgaon's Ulhawas gram panchayat, till January 2014.
The RGCT is yet to start construction on the leased tract whose change of land use had created a storm in 2011 and attracted a rap from the comptroller and auditor general (CAG).
The CAG, in its report tabled in the Haryana assembly in March 2013, had observed that "even after two years, work regarding construction of the eye hospital has not been started by the trust thereby defeating the purpose for which the change of land use (CLU) was granted and land leased."
The cabinet had in February 2010 approved the leasing of five acres and three marlas to RGCT for 33 years following a 2009 resolution by the Ulhawas gram panchayat and recommendation of the Gurgaon deputy commissioner (DC) in this regard. The lease was subject to certain terms and conditions (T&C), one of which was that RGCT would put the leased land to the permitted use within two years from the date of commencement of the lease period.
However, the trust failed to put the leased land to use by opening an eye hospital within the fixed time limit. The terms and conditions of the lease stipulated that lease of the land would automatically stand cancelled in the event of breach of conditions by the trust.
The trust wrote to the state government seeking extension by two more years. It took the plea that the project got delayed on account of time consumed by the state government for grant of change of land use permission (CLU).
To facilitate the extension, the Ulhawas panchayat passed a resolution for extending the period for setting up of the hospital from January 2012 to 2014. A recommendation in this regard was also sought from the Gurgaon DC, who gave his nod to the proposal. The DC buttressed his recommendation with the fact that the trust had deposited four annual installments of R15 lakh each as lease money with the Ulhawas panchayat.
On the directions of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the matter was tabled before the cabinet for approval.