Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco)
BHUBANESWAR: The state government has started the process to cancel lease of land given to more than 200 industries in the city because these were not used for the allotted purposes, industries secretary Vishal Dev told reporters here on Tuesday.
"We had conducted a survey. Over 200 plots were found lying idle," Dev said.
He added, "Many leases had already been cancelled. In some other cases, the allottees moved court after show-cause notices were issued."
Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) had conducted the survey in December 2012 to find out the status of allotted land in Chandaka and Mancheswar industrial areas in the state capital.
Action is being be taken against all defaulters, said Dev, who is also CMD of Idco.
Idco had allotted the land to entrepreneurs for micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSME). An estimated 1,000 acres, 700 acres in Chandaka and 300 acres in Mancheswar,were found lying unused, encroached upon or diverted, government sources said. Some people fraudulently sublet the land to third parties. Residential buildings, educational institutions and godowns have comes up on the plots meant for MSMEs.
The state government in February last year had decided to retrieve unused land leased to various entities or individuals lying idle for more than three years.
The government's stern posturing comes amid allegations of large-scale land grabbing in various areas of the city. In Chandaka region, an estimated 100-acre plot has been allegedly been grabbed by politicians and bureaucrats. The state government has ordered a crime branch inquiry into land irregularities in Ghangapatna village in the same region. The government had admitted that at least 76 acre government land was misappropriated in the village.