January 18, 2011 1:46:54 am
Claiming that there is a nexus of land mafia with some politicians,bureaucrats,police officers,Chander Shekhar,who retired as director general of police (DGP),Punjab (Railways),has requested the Punjab and Haryana High Court to hand over the investigation of illegal properties of various high-ups in the periphery of Chandigarh to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Chander Shekhar submitted in his report that the revenue department was supposed to possess the knowledge of ownership/possession of benami properties,but no information in this regard has been supplied by the department to this office so far. Keeping in view these circumstances,to unearth the truth and for hazard-free inquiry by an independent investigating agency out of the preview of influential authorities within the state and otherwise there being involvement of a nexus of land mafia with some politicians,bureaucrats,police officers etc,it will be appropriate to transfer this inquiry to the CBI to identify the culprits at various level so that a free,fair,unbiased and independent report could be submitted to the High Court.
In a significant observation pertaining to the ongoing controversy pertaining to a 35-storey building proposed by the Tata Housing Cooperative Society,Chander Shekhar has submitted that any high-rise development being done over and above the Capitol Complex in its North will be detrimental in view of entire urban segment.
He added that high-rise buildings would adversely affect the security at the strategic buildings of Capitol Complex,Cantonment,Mullanpur Air Force Wing,Chandimandir Army Headquarters and ammunition dumps of the Indian Army located nearby. In addition,the residences of chief minister and ministers of Punjab and Haryana and other VIPs will also be subjected to terror threat,said Shekhar. The organic body of the tricity will not grow up in a balanced way but will be a sick organic body having chronic diseases like cancers and tumors, reads the report.
Shekhar has also suggested that all shamlat/common land in the region already purchased should be acquired by the government and unsold shamlat land should be transferred to the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) by way of acquisition or land pooling. Shamlat land and land notified under the Indian Forest Act,Forest Conservation Act and Punjab Land Preservation Act at villages in the periphery should be transferred to GMADA and the Action Plan should be on the pattern of sector scheme as in Chandigarh,he said.
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