To resolve the land dispute of Rajiv Nagar-Digha area in Patna, the Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB) has decided to carry out the survey of 1024 acre land. BSHB Managing Director, Amrendra Prasad Singh said- The compensation of 424-acre land in Digha and issues of occupants of 600-acre land will be sorted out in 2-3 months of time.
The aim is to put an end to the 40-year-long dispute over the plot. The board currently possesses a survey report of the year 1994. The survey report cites total acquired land as a plot of 4000-acre. There are 330 applicants for compensation. The housing board may also regularize 17 houses constructed on the plot.
Last week, violence erupted between miscreants and the administration while carrying out an anti-encroachment drive in which a dozen cops were injured. The drive was conducted by Patna district administration in association with Patna Police to hand over a total of six acres of land belonging to Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB). The land was acquired to set up offices of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Against this decision, Digha-Rajiv Nagar Krishi Bhumi Awas Bachao Sangharsh Samiti has called for a protest. Today, school and shops in the nearby area are expected to be shut. Seeing this scenario, the police force will be standing on toe till 27th of this month.
The state government had acquired plots across Ashiana-Digha Road near the existing Rajiv Nagar police station from farmers way back in 1974 at the rate of around Rs 2,200 per Kattha. Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB) had deposited Rs 17.42 crore to the district collector of Patna towards the acquisition of land.
However, of 1024.52 acres of land, which was to be developed by the BSHB, around 600 acres were on the eastern flank and 424.52 acres on the western flank of Ashiana-Digha Road. The problem started when 600 acres of eastern flank was sold by owners or farmers to other parties making it quite impossible for the board to execute the project. This also created a mess over ownership of the land between the original landowners, allotees and occupants.
The state government came up with the Digha Land Acquisition Settlement Act in 2012 and the Digha Land Acquisition Settlement Rules and Scheme in 2014 but only a section of local people continue to abide by such policies.