Tribune News Service
Chuwarianwali (Fazilka), May 26
Taking a significant decision, Punjab government ordered the cancellation of allotment of more than 201 kanals of land belonging to the panchayat of this village to Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Charitable Trust to set up an information technology (IT) institute.
Though the allotment of the land was cancelled a few weeks ago, the Trust has been carrying out the construction of the building over the same.
Official sources said land was allotted to the Trust in 2001 during the previous government of the SAD-BJP led by CM Parkash Singh Badal. The allotment was cancelled on May 5 this year by Jagpal Singh Sandhu, financial commissioner, department of Rrural Development and Panchayat, Punjab.
Sources said that land, situated on one of the main roads of Ferozepur district and worth crores of rupees was allotted to the Trust on the condition that a building of the institute would be set up within three years of the allotment failing which the allotment would be cancelled and the land would vest again the panchayat.
In the order, Sandhu had mentioned that the Trust could not start the institute by completing the building within a stipulated period of three years. Hence, allotment of land, which was made free of cost to the Trust, was cancelled.
Deputy Director, Panchayats, JP Singh said he had directed the district development and panchayat officer (DDPO), Ferozepur, to take possession of the land after completing all the formalities connected with the revenue department.
Anil Jain, one of the functionaries of the trust said department of rural development and panchayat was not authorised to take possession of the land as it belonged to village panchayat, which had passed number of resolutions favouring that the land must continue to vest in the Trust.
He said construction was going on as the Trust would start the college from the month of July and admission for the first academic session would be made for various faculties of the engineering college. He alleged that department of the rural development and panchayat had cancelled the allotment without giving an opportunity of hearing to the Trust to present its case.