Top business leader and vice-chairman of Bharti Enterprise Rakesh Bharti Mittal on Monday said that a large chunk of land of 'Gow Rakshani Sabha', an organisation working for the betterment of cattle in Ludhiana, was under illegal occupation.
Mittal, who belongs to Ludhiana, is the president of the Sabha. He was in the city for a personal visit, and during a press conference, he said that the land belonging to the organisation was located in different areas. The areas where the Sabha had land included Sunder Nagar, Kulliawal Road, Tibba Road, Bhamian Road and Jamalpur.
Gow Rakshani Sabha that was registered in 1912 is a charitable organisation and has one of the largest cattle shed in northern India, housing at least 2,500 cattle.
Mittal said till now a significant land of the Sabha had been taken back through arbitration. “At Sunder Nagar, eight acre of land was vacated and two acre land was given in arbitration, whereas on Kulliwal Road, six-acre land was given in arbitration and 39 acres was taken back,” Mittal said.
He informed that the land that has been taken back by the Sabha would be used for developmental work so that people of Ludhiana could be benefitted from this.
“On the chunk of lands that have been vacated, we are planning to build hospitals, schools and other facilities,” Mittal said.
He also said that the members of the Sabha were in talks with many private players, who wished to build these facilities. He said that underprivileged as well as poor would get benefit from these services.
The total market amount of the land that has been released from occupants has been estimated to be around Rs 250 crore.
Sabha constitutes a 31-member committee, which monitors the functioning of cattle sheds under the Sabha.
Sabha has also planned to give the land to private players on lease so that funds could be used for betterment of cattle sheds in the city. Mittal said new cattle shed would be built by Sabha on Tibba Road.