|HC directive on NDRF land acquisition|
GUWAHATI, Sept 7 – In a landmark judgment, the Gauhati High Court today quashed the proceedings of the State Government’s initiative to allot 85 acres of land to Border Security Force (BSF) for setting up the headquarters of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Bardwar area under Palasbari circle.
The BSF had already deposited Rs 5.76 crore (approx) to the State Government through the Revenue Department for the land which was to be acquired at Bardwar.
A division bench consisting of Justice Amitabh Roy and Justice Indra Shah passed a judgment quashing the whole acquisition proceedings for acquisition of 85 acres of land where ten thousand indigenous and tribal people have been living since time immemorial.
In early 2008, the acquisition process was started by Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Rural) against which 30 Khatian holders filed a writ petition in 2008.
After a series of hearings, the court today passed the final order and by the order, it has quashed the land acquisition proceedings.
Further, the court also directed the State Government to give back the money to the tune of Rs 5.76 crore to the BSF.
During the course of hearing, it was found that the land was a ceiling surplus land but in spite of that Bardwar Tea and Timber Company offered the land to the BSF as the latter was looking for a suitable place for setting up NDRF headquarters.