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Waqf properties with government agencies

The Sachar report says 318 properties of the Waqf Board in Delhi have been illegally occupied by various government agencies, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 02:29 IST

The Sachar report says 318 properties of the Waqf Board in Delhi have been illegally occupied by various government agencies.

The report says the Archaeological Survey of India is the largest "occupier", taking over 172 Waqf properties. The Delhi Development Authority has 113 Waqf properties, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has eight, the Delhi Cantonment Board has six, the Delhi Jal Board has five and both the Railways and Delhi Police have two each.

The Delhi Waqf Board wants these properties evacuated. The chairman of the Board, Mateen Ahmed, said 35 other properties were also illegally occupied.

"The Board is in a very bad financial state. If we manage to get possession of these properties, our income will rise considerably and we will be in a position to do something about the educational and social upliftment of the community," said Ahmed, who is also an MLA.

When contacted, an official of the urban development ministry said most of these properties were old and the agencies had merely taken up their maintenance.