October 4, 2014
Saeed Khan, TNN
Three villages in the Mundra block will soon get the grazing land back after the government had allotted the plots from these grazing lands to the Adani Port Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) in the last decade.
Gujarat high court has asked the authorities to expedite the process of measurement of land hand over it to the respective village panchayats.
This happened after the villagers filed PIL in 2011 through advocate Anand Yagnik stating that Navinlal, Luni and Goyarsama villages were left with limited gauchar land at their command after part of these plots were allotted by the government to the company for the SEZ development.
The petitioners stated that further dwindling the gauchar area would be detrimental to the villagers and make the sustenance of their cattle population extremely difficult in this area, which is otherwise chronic scarcity hit region.
As the HC began hearing on this PIL, the state government granted 387 hectare land for gauchar of Navinlal and 85 hectare for Luni villages as per their requirement. The formality of the measurement was not completed and the villages could not utilize the land.
The HC has asked the District Inspector of Land Records (DILR) of revenue department to carry out measurement of this land by end of this month. The concerned mamlatdar has been asked to demarcate the boundaries of land and to issue a Sanad in favour of respective gram panchayats. For Goyarsama village, the HC asked the revenue department to identify the requirement and undertake the process of land allotment at the earliest.
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