THE NAZUL Department (Capital Project Administration) has decided to serve notices to all 162 land plot holders in Malviya Nagar, putting up a 24-point questionnaire to them regarding details of allotment and land use of their plots as also the status of payment of lease rent.
The notices have been served under Section 182 of the land revenue code. The notices come in the wake of the unearthing of massive irregularities in wrongful allotment of 16 land plots meant for kitchen garden in the locality for commercial and residential purpose undertaken by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Saying that the irregular allotments might amount to revenue loss estimated at roughly Rs 10 crore, district Collector S K Mishra told the Hindustan Times that a four-member committee had been constituted to look into different aspects of the irregularities. He warned none of those involved in the irregularities would be spared.
The inquiry committee includes SDM H K Sharma, tehsildar Pratul Sinha, additional municipal commissioner Arvind Dubey and City planner Sanjay Mishra.
This committee will look into all aspects of irregularities committed by the BMC in allotting land plots that were actually Nazul Department property. Not only this, BMC also kept collecting lease rent for these 16 land plots (from plot number 129 to 144) in place of the Nazul Department that too at residential rates rather than commercial rates.
The district Collector said a number of persons were likely to be involved in the massive irregularity. He said as per the rules, BMC had no right to allot land plots that were the holding of the Nazul Department. The only way they could have done it was through public auction with prior permission of the State Government, which was never done.
“They kept on allotting plots in anticipation of the Government permission, but never approached the Government,’’ the Collector said.
The land plots in question – open spaces in front of the land plots - were handed over to the Nazul Department in 1992. Earlier, the 30-feet strip of plots had been clearly marked in use for kitchen gardens by the Municipal Board and this land use was never changed although the land use of some of the plots were changed from residential to residential and commercial.
However, the BMC during the last few years allotted these 30 feet strips for residential and commercial use despite a clear ban of allotment of this land by the Urban Administration and Development Department.
The Nazul Department has now decided to check land allotment and other revenue details of all the land plots in Malviya Nagar, to ensure that there are no other irregularities.