One plot,3 land use categories: Inquiry

DDA calls plot residential,MCD marks it for road construction,Revenue dept says govt use.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2012 4:00:51 am

Can a plot of land be earmarked for construction of a road,a house and at the same time also be reserved exclusively for government use?

That’s the question which baffled the Commission of Inquiry that probed the Lalita Park mishap,as the plot on which the building was constructed was earmarked for contradictory purposes in official records.

According to the DDA,which carries out macro-urban planning,the land use of plot number N-85,Narain Nagar,Lalita Park,has been classified as residential,the Inquiry Commission’s report states.

But as per the ground-level regularisation plan provided to the Commission by the MCD,the plot was reserved exclusively for construction of a road.

Records of the state government’s Revenue department are even more baffling. They say the land was acquired by the government in 1970,the report states.

“It is really startling as to how on such a piece of land,the transaction between private parties had taken place from 1971 onwards,resulting in the construction of the building in question by a private individual,” the report states.

The Commission has suggested that a thorough inquiry be conducted to find out how the plot exchanged hands so many times when the government actually owned it.

“If,after detailed investigations,the same are found factually correct,then,in the opinion of the Commission,could not have taken place without the active connivance of the concerned functionaries of DDA,MCD and Delhi government,” the report states.

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