Pepsu board plans to sell green belt land for housing project

Written by Kanchan Vasdev
| Chandigarh |

Published: February 7, 2020 3:17:14 am


The project is on the agenda of the board assembly to be chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

The fund-starved Pepsu Township Development Board (PTDB) in Rajpura has determined to sell a bit of two acres of prime land, designated as a green belt within the township plan, on Chandigarh-Patiala freeway by changing it right into a residential project, to generate cash for the event of the city. Rajpura city is a part of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s home-district Patiala and he’s is the chairman of the board.

The project is on the agenda of the board assembly to be chaired by the CM. The assembly was earlier scheduled for Friday however was postponed.
The proposal, ready by the PTDB, a replica of which is with The Indian Express, states that the board had scarcity of funds and therefore it was proposing to sell the land by reducing residential plots on the realm and promoting these at a reserve value of Rs 15,000 per sq. yard to generate funds for improvement.

The proposal has the residents fuming. Just a few of them have shot off letters to the Chief Minister stating that the green belt ought to be restored.
“The cities are gasping for breath. And our board is converting a green belt into a concrete jungle,” stated Rajinder Raja, a Congress chief who can also be a former councillor of the Patiala municipal company.

Lucky Talwar, a BJP chief and likewise a former councillor, stated they have been protesting because the land was being eyed by land sharks. “They just want this land sold off. I have fought for this green belt in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for so many years when shops were being constructed here. The municipal council had won the case. Since then it is a green belt with walls around it,” Talwar stated.

Senior vice-chairman of PTDB, Jagdish Kumar Jagga, stated he had lately taken cost. “I do not know what all had happened when this agenda was being prepared. I had asked the SDM about the the agenda and the plan to make a residential area on this land. He told me the decision was taken a long ago. But I have got many residents contacting me today. The meeting scheduled for Friday has been postponed. We have got time now. I will not let this happen. If it is a green belt, it will remain a green belt. We will take it up strongly,” Jagga stated.

Rajpura MLA Hardyal Singh Kamboj, who can also be a particular invitee of the board, stated he was not conscious of any such proposal.

SDM, Rajpura Shiv Kumar stated there was no proposal to make a residential project on green belt. “We protect the green belts and we will make residential plots only in the areas where the construction is allowed,” he stated.

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