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Kanta says exorbitant rates paid for the land

KSPCB objects to shifting of the landfill

GULBARGA: The alleged violation of the rules in acquisition of land for the purpose of dumping the solid waste generated in Gulbarga at Khanadal on the outskirts of the city has come to light now.

The former Minister and senior Janata Dal (Secular) leader S.K. Kanta, who has issued a legal notice to the State Government and the Gulbarga City Corporation Commissioner questioning the mode of purchase of 35.25 acres of land at Khanadal by paying “exorbitant” rates, said here on Monday that the action smacked of favouritism and violation of the set rules and guidelines for the purchase of land for a public cause.

Requisition

Mr. Kanta said the corporation in May requested the Deputy Commissioner to buy 32.25 acres of land at Khanadal in the survey nos. 228, 238, 231 and 232 and hand it over to the corporation for dumping the solid waste.

The letter of the Corporation Commissioner said he Director of the Urban Development had fixed the cost of the land proposed to be purchased at Rs. 2 lakh an acre.

Based on the requisition of the Commissioner of the Corporation, the Assistant Commissioner in a letter of May 14 had asked the Gulbarga tahsildar to buy land at Khanadal at the rate of Rs. 2 lakh an acre.

Based on the letter, the tahsildar authorised the Revenue Inspector of Farhatabad Circle to buy the land and registered the sale deed.

The said land was registered in the name of Governor on June 5 and 6 this year.

Market value

Mr. Kanta said the price fixed for the purchase of the land directly from the owner was exorbitant and more than the market value of the land situated at Khanadal.

As per the statistics at the Sub-Registrar Office, the cost at Khanadal was Rs. 30,000.

The Assistant Commissioner, who is required to fix the market value on the basis of the records available in the Sub Registrar Office, had fixed the cost of the land at an exorbitant rate.

Mr. Kanta said that Assistant Commissioner had the powers to start the acquisition proceedings in respect of the said land and take possession of the same under emergency clause and there was a need for the Assistant Commissioner to buy the land directly in the name of the Governor.

Probe sought

He urged the Deputy Commissioner to initiate inquiry and take action against the officials concerned and take steps within two months and warned that any failure would force him to launch a criminal proceedings against the Government and the officials concerned.

KSPCB objection

Karnataka Sate Pollution Control Board had taken serious exception to the decision of the corporation to change the site of the solid waste disposal from Udnur to Khanadal without getting the authorisation from the board.

In a letter to the corporation, the board pointed out that the corporation had not sought authorization for the change of the site from the board so far.

The letter said the board had issued authorisation for landfill site at Udnur and an affidavit in this regard had been filed in the Supreme Court and warned that the corporation would be liable for any violation of the commitment made to the Supreme Court.

The corporation has not given any valid reason for changing the landfill site from Udnur to Khandal so far, it added.

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