THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday freed some two acre land, valuing over Rs 50 lakh at Categorised Market (New Kabadkhana), from encroachers and land-grabbers. The developmental works amounting to Rs eight crore are to be carried out at the market under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The BMC removed encroachments from the land (Khasra Number-302), which the State Government had allotted to the BMC for the development of Categorised Market in 1974 and 1978. One Inayatullah along and some others today claimed the ownership of the land and told the BMC officials that a case was pending in the court in this connection. On inspection of the court stay, the BMC officials found that the case of land dispute pertained to the Khasra number-301.
The BMC had developed about 850 plots in this market in different phases. Of these, 17 plots are still lying vacant and the remaining ones were leased out. Encroachers were running scrap business from the open land,. Besides, some land-grabbers also encroached the BMC land.
Later in the evening, the BMC fenced the open land and put up the board. District administration and Nazool Department officers were also present during the removal of encroachments. According to the Nazool Department records, there was no private land in the locality.