CLOSE ON the heels of Poona Club facing a penalty of nearly Rs 3.09 crore over ‘misuse of land’, the District Administration is keeping a firm grip on 13 educational and cultural institutions, which were allotted government land on lease between 2011 and 2015, and assessing whether the land is being used for legitimate reasons or not.
While after allotment, the institution has to start work committed within a span of two years, it was noticed that most institutions were not using the allotted land for the purpose it was sought for. Now, the district administration has decided to take stern measures after conducting a check on these institutions.
“These institutions request for government land on lease and after it is allotted, they do not use it for years. After Poona Club, we have decided to focus on 13 institutions that were allotted land between 2011 and 2015. If found that the land is not being used for the purpose it was sought for, then the district administration will take back the land,” said a senior revenue official.
Two years ago, the administration had allotted land to 63 educational institutes and it had come to light that 48 institutions had violated the rules and were not using the land. Also, there was a clear picture of violation of the lease terms.
The reports pertaining to 19 of these institutions had been forwarded to the government while six of them were in the process of complying to the norms after the notice was served, said the official. An RTI filed by The Indian Express in 2013 had revealed that of the 63 educational institutes in the district that were allotted government land for educational purpose, five institutions from Pune city and Haveli taluka had violated the Maharashtra Land Revenue rules 1971 while the process of verification is underway for 27 others.