According to agreement between government and Trust
Though Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam on Monday denied that the land allotted to Sri Sukhmani Saheb Sabha by the government was for building a “Gurudwara,” the licence agreement between the government and the Trust, signed by the Sub-collector (Revenue-North) on November 24, 2010, stated that the land was “for construction of Gurudwara and to start a free community service in the form of running of dispensary.”
According to the agreement, land to the extent of 0.26 hectares was allotted to the trust on a “license basis” for 10 years and an annual fee of Rs 35,000 was fixed. The licensing was facilitated by a Government Order issued on November 2 last year, which said that the “trust had requested the Government of Puducherry to allot Government land for construction of Gurudwara and to start free community service…,” following which land was identified in Ariankuppam for allotment.
The Trust had applied for the same purpose to the government in 2002, when the parties failed to finalise the matter as the land identified then was a pond. The Sabha again submitted a fresh application in 2008 for building a Gurudwara.
As approval for the new application too was denied by the Cabinet, the Trust came back with a modified application stating that a community service centre would be built along with the Gurudwara. This was then accepted and a GO was issued for the land allotment.
Opposition parties including the AIADMK, the CPI and the CPI (M) had demanded a comprehensive investigation into the allotment of land, alleging that the process was completed after pressure was applied on the government by Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh.
When contacted over the phone, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam said he would study the documents before commenting on the issue.