Homes built on land under merger deal to be regularised

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government will formulate a separate policy for regularisation of houses built on the land coming under the purview of the merger agreement.

"The state government will formulate a separate policy to regularise the construction of the houses built on the land falling under the purview of the merger agreement," Chouhan said yesterday addressing a function organised by Navyuvak Sabha at Bairagarh.

The merger agreement was inked on January 30, 1949 between the Central Government and the Bhopal Nawab, the erstwhile rulers of the Bhopal state.

The policy will be drafted by a committee which include Bhopal Commissioner, Manoj Shrivastava, Secretary to the Chief Minister Vivek Agrawal and Bhopal Collector Nikunj Shrivastava, the CM said.

Chouhan said people are in no way guilty of constructing houses as they have purchased lands from their hard earned money.

He said that laws will be amended in such a way that any buyer should come to know all details about the land ownership before purchasing the same.

Chouhan assured the land/house owners that there will be no change in the ownership of houses after regularising of the land falling under the purview of merger agreement.

"House owners do not have to worry about ownership," he assured.

The house/land owners in the city are agitating over the sudden decision of the district administration that their homes were constructed on the revenue land while they claimed that the land belongs to their forefathers who were associated with the Nawab in some way or the other.

BJP MLA from Huzoor, Jitendra Daga, whose land as well as that of large number of people of his constituency also comes under the merger agreement told the news agency today, "we have constructed our houses after getting due clearances from local municipal body and are paying property tax for it since decades."

"Now, suddenly the land has been described as the government land which has created problems for the large number of people living since decades in the area," he said.

"The ongoing agitation against the move will continue till we get justice," he said and hoped that the committee formed for the purpose will come out with a law beneficial to the people.