Land encroachment: HC asks Maha to file affidavit
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 22:20
Nagpur: A bench of Bombay High Court here came down heavily on the Maharashtra government for delaying action against encroachers, including a state minister, at Bezonbaug in north city area.

A division bench of justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Pramod Kode on Thursday directed the government to file an affidavit regarding action taken to remove the encroachers before August 1.

Animal Husbandry minister Nitin Raut is alleged to have not only grabbed land, but also occupying three other plots.

An 80.90-acre land originally belonging to now-defunct Empress Mills was reserved for housing the Mill's workers. The land was later taken over by the state and the housing society of workers came out with a plan layout for houses.

It is mandatory to earmark 15 per cent area of a plot as open space and 5 per cent area marked as public utility. It was this 20 per cent land that was encroached by Raut and others.

Earlier, an enquiry conducted by district collector on the high court's directive had revealed that the office bearers of the society had illegally sold those plots.

Local residents made several complaints to the state government but no cognisance was taken. Finally petitioners had approached the court.

In July last year, the Nagpur bench of the high court had directed the government to remove illegal encroachments and hand over the land to Nagpur Municipal Corporation for public utility purpose.


First Published: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 22:20

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