Patna: Land revenue minister Narendra Narayan Yadav today announced a probe into violation in lease of government Khas Mahal land in Patna and action within two months.
He was responding to a question by BJP MLA Achudanand in the Assembly. The minister said around 633 persons had been given prime land spread over 136 acres on lease for 30 years in 1952. Some of the best-known hotels, clubs and commercial buildings are on Khas Mahal land. In 2011, the Nitish government framed a new policy for Khas Mahal land. "We give a thirty years lease and take 5 per cent of the market price at the time of making of the lease and the annual tax imposed on them is 0.5 per cent of the market rate. We have leased the area for residential, commercial and office use," Narendra said.
But BJP MLA Achudanand alleged the agreement had been violated and land for residents was being used for commercial purpose. Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary agreed and said the minister should cancel lease of deal violators. The minister announced he would probe the issue within two months.
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