Central government had given itsnod for setting up the institutionin January 2009At the time of financial approval, permanent campus was proposed to be completed in 2012
Four years after the Union government approved the setting up of Indian Institute of Technology at Bhubaneswar, the institution is yet to overcome the land acquisition hurdle for construction of own campus.
Following the approval of the Centre for the institution on January 13, 2009, the State government had approved allotment of 935.447 acres of land at Argul near Jatni on the outskirt of Bhubaneswar. Of the total extent, 707.877 acres fall in Khurda and the remaining in Puri district.
Though advance possession of 516.955 acres has already been given to the IIT-B, complete land transfer is yet to take place. Besides, several land patches are locked in litigation and the administrative process, for which vital infrastructure is needed, has not been put in place.
In 2011, the Khurda district administration had promised to resolve the matter concerning acquisition of 4.73 acres of land in villages of Padanpur, Khudupur, and Goradharma Sagar.
However, the matter is still pending. As a result, the Low Tension line to the site and road-widening has been stopped.
The construction schedule has been badly affected due to non-supply of electricity to the site.
Similarly, the State government had allotted more than 60 acres of lands in Argul and Kansapada village to the IIT-B. However, it was found that private persons were leaseholders of the land.
Last year, in a meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, it was decided that leaseholders would be given alternative land and the matter would be resolved. However, the problem still persists.
Construction of boundary wall as well as academic plan has been affected due to continuing confusion.
Moreover, the land transfer process for 78.750 acres in Puri district is pending at the Revenue Divisional Commissioner level.
Besides, the Puri district administration has to identify 100 acres of land for compensatory afforestation on account of forest land diversion.
Crucial meet on May 28
All these issues are likely to be discussed threadbare at a review meeting to be held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary here on May 28.
IIT-B is insisting on land transfer in a time-bound manner so that campus development is completed in time. The permanent campus was proposed to be completed in 2012 at the time of financial approval. It has already been delayed by one year. Yet, no visible progress has been made.
Due to non-construction of the campus, IIT-B’s academic and administrative wings function from separate areas in the Capital city.