Strict norms before granting NOC for use of defence land

Stung by land scams, the Army has put in place a new policy regarding issuing `No Objection Certificates` which provides for counter-checking of such clearances for a stricter control.

Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 22:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Stung by land scams, the Army has
put in place a new policy regarding issuing `No Objection
Certificates` which provides for counter-checking of such
clearances for a stricter control.
Under the new policy, Army formations will have to take
permission from their higher-ups before issuing or granting
NOC to any private party for construction on or near defence
land, official sources said here.

The formation commanders would not be allowed to grant
NOCs on their own and the proposals would be sent to their
superiors and only after analysing the proposals and ensuring
that Army`s interests are protected, NOCs would be granted,
they said.

The Defence Ministry has also decided to change its
policies related to granting NOCs and is going in for
computerising of entire land records with the Defence Estates.
These changes have been made in wake of land scams like
those involving Adarsh society in Mumbai, Sukna in West Bengal
and the latest Kandivali again in Mumbai.

All these scams have been related to granting of NOCs to
private builders, allowing them to construct structures on
military land or plots adjacent to sensitive bases.

A number of senior serving and retired officers including
three former Services chiefs are facing allegations in these
scams.

In the Sukna land scam, Lt Gen P K Rath was court
martialled for issuing a NOC to private realtor Dilip Agarwal
for constructing an educational institution on a piece of land
adjacent to the military station in West Bengal.

One of the three charges on which the 3-star officer was
found guilty included that of not informing his superior
authorities about the MoU signed between the 33 Corps and the
Geetanjali Educational Trust.

PTI