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Guddu indicted for land abuse

india Updated: Dec 31, 2006 01:35 IST
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INDORE-BASED Congress MLA of Alot Premchand Guddu has been found guilty of land abuse in the report on Bakhtawar Ram Nagar Colony situated at Pipaliyahana. The land in question costs about Rs 20 crore.

The report prepared by district administration on the directive of State Urban Administration and Development Department following a Vidhan Sabha query has endorsed the findings of Indore Municipal Corporation-led joint survey, which said that Bakhtawar Ram Nagar Grah Nirman Sahkari Sanstha (formed at the behest of Guddu) incorporated more land than it was sanctioned.

This includes land encompassing Guddu’s Ajit and Ajay Club whose foreign liquor (FL 4) licence has been withheld owing to land irregularities.

The report has recommended cancellation of he colony’s layouts, which the housing co-operative society managed to get cleared from local agencies (Town and Country Planning Department, IMC) and Bhopal from time to time. In their place, the report has recommended reinstatement of original layout passed on February 15, 1985.

Incidentally, the Economic Offence Wing is also investigating into building permissions that IMC granted for construction on plots at Ram Bakhtawar Nagar.

According to original documents, the layout was passed for 15.58 acre prime land on February 15, 1985. However, the survey found the total land use to be 17.05 acre. “The development has been carried out on 1.49 acres of additional land without any layout being passed by appropriate authorities,” the report added.

The survey also discovered that the land allocated for park was clubbed with land earmarked for setting up amenities. Although the total area increased due to inclusion of additional land, the area assigned for open area (park) was found less by 27762.46 square feet.

On the other hand, area for amenities increased by 11811.25 square feet. Likewise, the plot area was increased to 71878.80 square feet from the sanctioned 390055. On the other hand, the proposed 80-feet wide road to west of Bakhtawar Ram Nagar Colony has been reduced to 40 feet.

District Collector Vivek Aggarwal, who heads the three-member panel that has prepared the report, said that it was being sent to the State Government as ordered.