The New Nation June 10.2010-BSS, Dhaka
About 30,000 acres of ‘khas’ land of the government in greater Dhaka district have gone under the illegal possession of some individuals, organizations land agencies.
Various quarters occupied the land of Bhawal and Nawab estates through forgery.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land Ministry has already formed a sub-committee to identify and recover the illegally occupied land.
The standing committee would make recommendations to the authorities concerned to take quick steps in this regard on receipt of the report to be submitted by the sub-committee.
The probe by the sub-committee has already revealed that the total land of Bhawal and Nawab estates under No. 1 khas khatiyan is 49,942 acres- 30,240 acres under Bhawal estate and 19,702 acres under Dhaka Nawab estate.
19,121 acres of land, out of the total 19,702 acres, under Dhaka Nawab estate are under illegal occupation. Only 149 acres remain under the estate while the forest department gave 317 acres to the forest department.
Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman Alhaj Advocate AKM Mozammel Haque told BSS that all the lands are supposed to be under No 1 khas khotian of the government as per the law, particularly the jamindari eviction ordinance of 1950.
Besides, the land of Nawab estate should be under the ownership of the government, he added.
The parliamentary standing committee chief said some corrupt people in connivance with some government officials grabbed the property hiding the truth and the correct information.
Replying to a question, AKM Mozammel Haq said the inquiry by the sub-committee is at the final stage. The probe report would be presented before the committee meeting soon and the then the committee would recommend for recovering of the property.
He hoped that the land worth thousand crores of Taka would be recovered within the tenure of the present government.