People?s interest not to be ignored

THE STATE government will carry out the Supreme Court?s order to hand over the possession of properties of Mehmudabad Estate to its rightful owner but at the same time also keep the interest of people living therein in mind. This was stated by Revenue Minister Ambika Chowdhary at a high-level meeting with the officials to review the status of Raja of Mehmudabad?s properties in four districts of the State.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 01:05 IST

THE STATE government will carry out the Supreme Court’s order to hand over the possession of properties of Mehmudabad Estate to its rightful owner but at the same time also keep the interest of people living therein in mind. This was stated by Revenue Minister Ambika Chowdhary at a high-level meeting with the officials to review the status of Raja of Mehmudabad’s properties in four districts of the State.

Chowdhary said the State Government was in the process of finding an amicable solution to the problem, which was basically a legal dispute. The district magistrates of Lucknow, Sitapur, Lakhimpur and Barabanki, who were present at the meeting, informed the minister about the status of erstwhile Raja’s properties and the action taken by them in this connection in their respective districts. The issue has snowballed into a major controversy in Sitapur, where apart from the DM’s and SP’s residences, several colonies and academic institutions have come up on what is part of the Mehmudabad Estate.

The officials briefed the minister about the agitation that was organised by the people living in these colonies to pre-empt any move from the authorities to evict them. The minister said full facts of the case were not properly presented before the apex court in the matter. Besides chief secretary NC Bajpai, principal secretary to the chief minister, principal secretaries and secretaries of Revenue, Sugar, Technical Education and Law departments and commissioner, Lucknow division RK Mittal, were present at the meeting.

First Published: May 09, 2006 01:05 IST