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Divya society issue takes centre stage

THE DIVYA Memorial Educational Society issue has once again taken the centre-stage with the Vidhan Parishad committee set up to probe irregularities in various development authorities, municipal corporations and nyay panchayats, scheduled to visit the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) on Monday. Strangely, the agenda of the committee also includes the issue of Divya Memorial Educational Society. The issue had been making the rounds in the KDA corridors for over a year now.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 00:55 IST

THE DIVYA Memorial Educational Society issue has once again taken the centre-stage with the Vidhan Parishad committee set up to probe irregularities in various development authorities, municipal corporations and nyay panchayats, scheduled to visit the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) on Monday.
Strangely, the agenda of the committee also includes the issue of Divya Memorial Educational Society. The issue had been making the rounds in the KDA corridors for over a year now.

According to KDA officials, the authority had allotted about 3,500 square metres land to the educational society in 1994. The society, according to sources, had also deposited a token amount of Rs 10 lakh with the KDA against the land.
However, for some reason, the KDA could not hand over the land to the educational society and, as per norms, the society was allotted an alternative land at S-I, Phase II in Tatya Tope Nagar scheme in 2004-05. The land size at Tatya Tope Nagar, according to KDA sources, is about 3900 square metres.

The KDA, as per norms, then asked for an additional amount for the extra land, which had been allotted to the society. The KDA also imposed the current rate on the land against which money was deposited by the society in 1994. However, the society, refusing to pay the current rate, had been pressuring the KDA to charge old rates of 1994 instead of the new rates.

A letter from an MLC who is at present holding an important position was also received by the KDA. As per the letter, which was sent in November, 2004 to the KDA, the said politician had requested the officials to take old rates against the land instead of the new rates.

However, the KDA Board rejected the proposal citing the reason that it was against the norm and the same norm was applicable in all development authorities in the State.

As per norms, if the whole amount had not been deposited with the KDA and an alternative land had been allotted later, the land worth the remaining amount would be charged as per the current rate which would also be applicable for the extra land given. Thus the society was liable to get the land size against the deposited amount of approximately Rs 10 lakh as per the old rate while the rest of the land had to be taken up by the society as per the current rate.

With the deadlock continuing between the KDA and the society, strangely, the matter has now been taken up by the Vidhan Parishad Committee headed by MLC Om Prakash Sharma.