Shawkat Ali Khan and Noman Chowdhury Daily Sun DHAKA | Monday | 27 June 2011
The government is yet to ferret out any information about the land property of Dhaka Nawab Estate, Land Reform Board officials said.
The land ministry will soon declare the Nawab property to be khas land and ask the deputy commissioners concerned to look after it, said the board officials.
“The government has planned to take the step as the Dhaka Nawab family lacks manpower and has financial crunch in reclaiming the property,” a senior official of Land Reform Board (LRB) said wishing to be unnamed.
LRB, a few months back, asked ten district administrations to report the board on the land of Nawab Sir Khwaja Nawab Salimullah.
“Only the Manikganj district administration informed us that there is no land of Nawab in the district,” a senior official of the LRB told daily sun.
The cadastral survey (CS) record, however, shows Nawab Salimullah family has as many as 357.1800 acres of land in Manikganj.
Official record says 99 percent land property of Dhaka Nawab Estate has been grabbed by an influential quarter.
Dhaka Nawab Estate Manager Mohammad Feroz told daily sun that the Nawab family is facing 171 cases.
Dhaka Nawab family has 20,132.9789 acres of land in 10 districts as per the cadastral record of the British regime.
Of them, 2056.2679
acres of land are in Dhaka, 4089.2200 in Tangail, 2.5400 in Jhalakathi, 2390.2200 in Kishoreganj, 3.9400 in Barisal, 7805.2000 in Patuakhali, 31.7500 in Comilla, 357.1800 in Manikganj, 258.3600 in Narayanganj and 3138.3000 in Mymensingh.
But the land drastically came down in the state acquisition record conducted during the Pakistan government.
A section of people in connivance with some officials related to the survey grabbed huge acres of land, said LRB officials.
According to the SA record, the Dhaka Nawab Estate has 478.4712 acres of land in only three districts while the land of the remaining seven districts was not included in the survey.
Of them, 428.5912 acres of land are in Dhaka, 47.7600 in Tangail and 2.1200 in Jhalakathi.
The Revisional Survey (RS) known as Bangladesh survey shows that the Nawab estate has only 35.0677 acres of land in Dhaka while the land of the rest of the districts was left out in the survey.
The present statistic shows that 172.1331 acres of land of the estate are available. Of them, 72.1331 acres are in Dhaka and the rest in Tangail.
The Nawab family leased out 362.523 acres of land but was able to reclaim only 167.0088 acres from the possession of the lessees.
Besides, the official website of Dhaka Nawab Estate shows 374.1500 acres of land in Brahmanbaria and Chandpur which are not mentioned in the recent records of LRB.