‘Illegal’ possession: Fazilka MC retrieves 6.5 acres from school

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Old 08-Dec-2015
Post ‘Illegal’ possession: Fazilka MC retrieves 6.5 acres from school

The Municipal Council (MC), Fazilka, has retrieved 52 kanals (6.5 acres) which were earlier leased out to the management of SD Senior Secondary School for 99 years in 1948.
Sources said the MC had decided to hand over the land to the State Health and Family Welfare Department for the construction of a 100-bedded hospital.
The possession was taken after the SDM-cum-collector, Fazilka, passed an order in favour of the council.
The collector ordered the management to vacate the land under Sections 4, 5 and 7 of the Public Premises (PP) Act as it had illegally occupied and misused the land. Executive Officer Gurdas Singh said the collector had fined the school management Rs 4.89 crore for unauthorised occupation of the land. The collector has directed the school to deposit the amount in a month.
The Municipal Council had leased out 92.5 kanals (one piece comprising 52.5 kanals and another of 40 kanals) in favour of the SD Senior Secondary School management for 99 years.
The council in its petition filed before the SDM-cum-collector had alleged that the land was given to the school for education purpose, but the purpose was not served hence, the council canceled the lease deed in 2013.
The collector during the trial of the case found that 52.5 kanals were being misused. However, he ordered the management to retain 40 kanals where a school is being functional.
EO Gurdas Singh said the council would contest the collector’s decision before the higher officials to retrieve 40 kanals.
Dinesh Sharma, principal, SD Senior Secondary School, said the MC authorities had “forcibly” took possession of the land and they violated orders of the civil court. The court had granted the decision in favour of the school management. “The management would move the higher court,” the principal said.

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