'Idco spent 20L to defend industrial plot worth 8L'
Orissa Prevention of Land Encroachment Act, 1972, clearly bans regularization of encroachment
Sep 17, 2014
Source : The Times of India
Idco Odisha


BHUBANESWAR: The state-owned Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) has spent over Rs 20 lakh towards legal expenses to defend its decision to allot a plot for Rs 8 lakh to a small-scale industry in Rourkela, according to a disclosure under Right to Information (RTI) Act.

According to Idco, Satyanarayan Mohanty had in 1996 sought a shed on rent at Rs 2,500 a month to run a saree polishing and dyeing of garments and fabrics unit in Rourkela. He filed a petition in the Orissa high court in 2008, alleging that Idco did not consider his application. In February 2008, the HC asked Idco to take a decision on the application (either to entertain or reject his request). In September 2008, the corporation allotted 0.145 acre as a 'special case' to Mohanty by charging Rs 7.89 lakh for regularizing a plot 'encroached' by him.

In 2009, Pitabasa Mishra moved the HC, challenging the allotment at Raghunathpalli. The HC, in December 2010, quashed the allotment and asked Idco to conduct public auction of the land. The court cancelled the lease, observing that Idco can't regularize or grant lease in favour of an encroacher as it would affect public interest. "The Idco's decision to regularize the unauthorized occupation of land and allotment by regularization without public auction is patently illegal," a bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and I Mahanty observed.

Idco, however, challenged the order in the Supreme Court in 2013. The RTI figures showed Idco spent around Rs 10 lakh in 2013 to defend its decision. "Since the case is still pending, if one considers similar average for this year, the corporation must have spent another Rs 10 lakh," said RTI campaigner Pradeep Pradhan.

Addressing a news conference, Pradhan expressed surprise at Idco spending lakhs of rupees to defend its illegalities in court. "When the Orissa Prevention of Land Encroachment Act, 1972, clearly bans regularization of encroachment, Idco must answer why it is spending lakhs to give land to an individual illegally," he said.

Latest Realty News

Some good news about interest rates
Sep 17, 2014
If you're interested, there is plenty of reason to cheer. State Bank of India and HDFC have brought down home loan rates while Punjab National Bank has cut retail lending rates and waived processing charges
Role Reversal: India's Growth May Surpass China's by 2016
Sep 17, 2014
China is struggling as the troubled banking system and property markets put a damper on the economy
Triumph for Robert Vadra as Delhi HC rejects PIL for CBI probe into Gurgaon land deals
Sep 16, 2014
The Delhi High Court today dismissed a PIL seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into various land deals allegedly entered into by Robert Vadra's firms
Government may form database on suppression of property sales amount
Sep 16, 2014
In an exercise aimed at checking blackmoney, economic intelligence agencies have started identifying instances where proceeds from property sale have been suppressed in a bid to defraud the government of revenue from stamp duty
Scarce industrial land a major problem in UP
Sep 16, 2014
The scarcity of industrial land is emerging as a major impediment to the entry of new micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Uttar Pradesh
Activists protest against move to amend land acquisition act
Sep 16, 2014
Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday that the Narendra Modi government was weighing amendments in the land acquisition act to speed up development projects
Flat buyers register complaint with minister
Sep 16, 2014
Representatives of NEFOWA (Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association) met Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Azam Khan on Monday and presented him a list of complaints about upcoming real estate projects in Greater Noida and Noida
Land rates up, but authority goes easy on group housing
Sep 16, 2014
Properties along Yamuna Expressway have just become costlier, after Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), in a board meeting on Monday, passed a proposal to hike land allotment rates
Gujarat Housing Board asked to pay for failing to give house for 15 years
Sep 16, 2014
As the Gujarat Housing Board (GHB) conducted draws recently and promised housing units to thousands of people in near future, Shahpur's Prakash Modi is likely to get his deposits back nearly 15 years after he had booked a house in GHB scheme, which was never materialized
'Revise taxes to build smart cities'
Sep 16, 2014
In what may seem like a hint at a not-very-free flow of funds from the Centre, Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday made it clear that only revision of taxes and reforms in civic administration would help build smart cities, they would not come free

Latest Realty News Of State

Realty Talk's