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Housing dept begins probe into Rajarhat land acquisition,allotment

The Housing Department has launched an inquiry into the allotment of land by the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation at New Town in Rarjarhat.

Written by Kanchan Chakraborty | Kolkata |
June 1, 2011 1:59:21 am

The Housing Department has launched an inquiry into the allotment of land by the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) at New Town in Rarjarhat. According to a source in the housing department,it would take one month to complete the inquiry that will probe the allotment and the acquisition of the land by the WBHIDCO,which people alleged was done in a coercive manner.

The new housing minister,Shyama Prasad Mukherjee,said the officials have been told to verify the acquisition of land and allotment of the plot by the WBHIDCO in the previous years. on Tuesday,he held a meeting with officials of the WBHIDCO and said any irregularities in the allotment of land would be referred to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for final decision.

A Public Interest Litigation on the allotment of land under the chairman’s quota of WBHIDCO is pending in the Calcutta High Court and it will come up for hearing on June 10. It was alleged in the PIL that land was distributed under the chairman’s quota illegally. ‘’I have come to know about complaint on the allotment of land under the chairman’s quota and it would be also verified,” said Mukherjee. The land acquisition for the Rajarhat Township,a satellite town adjacent to the Kolkata,and its subsequent distribution had become a political issue in the Assembly elections.

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