Friday, July 22, 2011

BJP serves legal notice on allotment of power project land

Gangtok, July 22 (PTI) The Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] state unit has served a legal notice on the Sikkim Government seeking clarification on what it described as illegal land allotment at Lower Lagyap Power Project site at Ranipool in East Sikkim. The notice was served yesterday with the respondents being the Chief Secretary, four District Collectors, and Secretaries of Power, Urban Development & Housing and Land Revenue Departments, Padam Chettri, president of the state BJP unit said today.Chettri told a press conference here that according to a notification passed in 2003, government land cannot be allotted to anyone.
Eleven families have however, been allotted land in the area on the Ranipool-Pakyong road in 2010, he said adding that the file was approved on a government holiday and registration done on December 3, 2010. There were 100 applicants ranging from drivers, lower divisional clerks to linesmen but none of them received land, while these 11 big shot people have been allotted land, the BJP president claimed. Citing a Supreme Court order passed on July 17 this year that land acquired for public purposes cannot be re-allocated, he further said such instances were noticed not only in the Power Department but in other departments as well. We have served a one month legal notice to the eight Sikkim government officials involved and if they do not respond then we will go to the High Court and if need to the Supreme Court with this matter,he said.

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