The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has taken back about 10 acres of prime residential land spreading over different parts of Patuli and Kasba off EM Bypass from allottees to whom the plots were given on lease during the 80s and 90s for setting up residential projects.
Sources from KMDA said that many plots, some ranging from two to four cottahs, which had been lying vacant and idle for years, have been taken back for redistribution through auction. The authorities have cancelled the lease deeds of many such allotted plots.
“This has been a continuous process. The objective is to see that the plots that are allotted are utilised within the stipulated period,” said a senior KMDA official, adding that the plots that have been taken over could fetch huge revenues for the authorities, as those will be auctioned based on the present market price.
Officials said that during the 80s and early 90s, leasehold plots were distributed in the Baisnabghata-Patuli area for setting up both housing apartments and houses. Many individuals had bought about two to three cottahs of plot against a low price of about Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per cottah. The KMDA authorities had set terms that the allottee should start construction work within three years from receiving the plots.
However, authorities noticed that over the years, the plots had not been utilised and left idle and vacant. Some of these plots turned into dens of anti-social activities and mosquito breeding grounds. Notices were issued to allottees, asking for reasons for not utilising the plots. With no reply from many of the alllotees, the authorities started the process to take back the plots.
During the Left Front-run government’s tenure, KMDA had reaped huge benefits by selling off land off EM Bypass. A new land record was set in 2005, when KMDA had sold a 6.2-acre plot for a whooping Rs 209 crore — about Rs 33 crore per acre — for a five-star hotel project.
“This inititive to take back unutilised plots and redistribute them through auctions will help KMDA generate valuable revenues,” said Pranbandhu Nag, the agency’s Development Empoloyees’ Joint Action Committee general secretary .
For neighbouring New Town, the state has already come up with a policy saying that no plots can be left idle for more than six months from the date of allocation.
Source: Times of India