LUDHIANA: BL Kapoor Hospital at Matarani Chowk is not the only property under the scanner for not paying charges of land on lease. Out of the 23 properties mentioned in the MC list, files of about seven properties are missing, with the MC lagging behind in collecting charges from them.
According to an official, there are about four properties in Zone D whose files are missing and records lost. The major properties are located in Civil Lines, Jawahar Nagar Camp, Gill Road, and Model Town. Land was given to these owners for different purposes, but now they have been developed into commercial spaces or places other than what the land was provided for. Some of them have not paid their charges for several years.
In the case of BL Kapoor Hospital, sub-divisional magistrate Ajay Sood said: 'The lease of this property has not been renewed since 1980. For the past 33 years, it is being run illegally. Now, the tehsildar has filed a complaint against this building, and we will make sure these people will not get land again on lease here. They were given land for setting up a hospital, but they have also opened a medical college at the same place. Now, they are liable to pay about Rs600 crore.
It is to be noted here that in the case of lease, a piece of land is provided for social work, or some other purpose on the payment of Re1 per year to Rs68,000 per year. And they have to get their lease renewed after every 99 years. But the properties given on lease way back in 1960s or 1970s have lost all their records, and rarely is anyone paying any money to MC. In a meeting of all zonal commissioners and superintendents last Tuesday, it was ordered that all properties be surveyed and the missing paperwork be made available, so that these properties can be asked to pay dues to MC.