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UT yet to recover Rs 5 crore paid to farmers for IT Park land

Even after a lapse of nearly two years since the Supreme Court quashed Phase 3 of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), the UT administration has failed to recover around Rs 5 crore that it paid to farmers as compensation for buying land for expansion of the park.
By Vinod Kumar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2014 11:17 AM IST

Even after a lapse of nearly two years since the Supreme Court quashed Phase 3 of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), the UT administration has failed to recover around Rs 5 crore that it paid to farmers as compensation for buying land for expansion of the park.

The administration is yet to draw an action plan for recovery of the money.

For expansion of the ambitious project, the administration had purchased land measuring 272 acres from around 250 farmers in Manimajra.

Around Rs 100 crore was to be paid to them and as per rules, the amount was deposited in the court.

As many as 30 farmers took compensation of around Rs 5 crore for their share of land.

According to sources, around 25 farmers who had taken compensation have already expressed their inability to refund the money and requested the authorities to keep their land, which is small in size and scattered at different locations.

A majority of land of such far mers has already been encroached upon and the administration has failed to get it vacated.

UT land acquisition officer (LAO) Tilak Raj said they were yet to take a decision on the issue.

“At present, there is no clarity on the issue. We have written to the higher authorities for instructions and will act accordingly,” Raj said.

Sources stated that it would be an uphill task for the management to recover the amount as some of the farmers have already expressed their inability to refund money. The sources also maintained that there was no point in holding small pieces of land scattered at different locations.

In October, 2012, the Supreme Court had cancelled the Phase 3 project of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park on the ground that the administration did not follow the laid-down nor ms.

Manimajra Farmers’ Welfare and Environment Society had dragged the administration to court, following which Phase 3 was quashed.

The Parliament standing committee on home affairs has recommended that the administration should acquire another 272 acres of land for future expansion of the park.

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