Demolitions intended to provide sufficient land for the college
Bidar: Bidar City Municipal Council (CMC) cleared illegal encroachments on the land meant for government medical college in the city on Saturday.
The municipal officials demolished 25 structures in the premises of the Government Polytechnic. The medical college is coming up on this land. The operation that started at 6 a.m. lasted four hours. "Unoccupied houses have been pulled down. We have issued eviction notices to people who have occupied some other houses. Illegal occupants will be evicted and those structures cleared off in the next phase", CMC officials said.
Officials said that the CMC had allotted land to 74 people some years ago. But the Opposition parties alleged that the houses were allotted to rich people in violation of rules. Opposition members alleged that the rich had sublet these houses to others. There were allegations that the people had encroached upon government land, apart from the land allotted to them. An inquiry was ordered into the allegations.
Acting on the findings of the inquiry, the CMC cancelled the allotments. The beneficiaries approached the High Court. The High Court upheld the cancellations. The structures were demolished in accordance with the court's orders, the CMC sources said.
Sources said the move was necessary to provide enough land for the construction of the medical college. According to the Medical Council of India regulations, a new medical college should come up on a single plot of 25 acres. The land available to the college is less than 25 acres. This may be the reason for the MCI to think of cancelling permission for the college. But with Saturday's demolitions, enough land has been reclaimed, the sources said.
A survey of government land is on in and around the site and in other areas of the city. Encroachments will be cleared, the sources said.
The Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had carried a long drawn agitation demanding clearing of illegal encroachments on the polytechnic college campus.