RHB commissioner Pawan Arora said, for Pratap Nagar, Sanganer Yojna (Phase-5) , the RHB acquired 20,176 bigha in 1990. In 1994, the award of this land was done in favour of RHB and in 2009, the compensation of this land in the civil court by the board.
“The possession of the entire land was taken by the board, however, this piece of land remained with the farmers as they approached to the court. On November 17, 2021, the writ was rejected by the high court and direction were given to take the possession the land,” Arora added.
In a joint operation, the RHB and police officials took possession of land after razing the construction. To avoid further legal tangles, the RHB had already filed a caveat in the high court before carrying out a drive.
Apart from farming, the landowners were carrying out dairy activities and converted a portion of land into marriage garden. An official said, “The area of land is nearly 24,000 square metre and RHB will devise a policy to utilise land for public interest.”
After the Congress government came to power this time, the urban development and housing (UDH) minister Shanti Dhariwal brought long pending amendments in the RHB Act 1970 which empowered the RHB to remove encroachments from its land and boost infrastructure.
A source said, “Earlier, the big organisation such as RHB had no encroachment wing and rights to recover its dues. The draft of the amendment was tabled in the state assembly to empower the board.”