JAIPUR: The controversial land at Sawai Jai Singh Highway on which Mayor House was proposed to be constructed will be put under hammer for auction once again.
As the prime land is litigation free now, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) is eyeing to earn huge revenue from it after selling. Finance committee chairman Rakhi Rathore, said, “The proposal to auction the Mayor House land will be tabled in the finance committee meeting, scheduled to be held on May 5. We have been planning to sell the prime land ever since the litigation on the land was finished in March 2016.”
Along with Sanjay Bazaar shops, the JMC is also planning to organize auction for this piece of land. The prime land measuring nearly 4,200 sqm is expected to fetch a minimum of Rs 50 crore. “The land was converted for commercial usage previously. We are also planning to construct shops here to be able to sell it and earn better revenue,” Rathore added.
JMC has planned to sell this land many times, however, it was not successful as many controversies arose in past. The land was sold by an IAS officer through an auction during the tenure of Congress mayor Jyoti Khandelwal. However, the auction was cancelled after the intervention of Khandelwal as she alleged that the land was sold at a cheaper rate. A complaint against the IAS officer was also registered with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Before the year 2011, the land was caught up in litigations with several private parties claiming its ownership. The property’s ownership rights were disputed since the early 1970s. Litigation over the land arose years back from an error committed by the state government while selling an adjoining plot. The land’s ownership was decided in favour of the JMC by the Rajasthan High Court in July 2006.
During the tenure of the then Jaipur mayor Mohan Lal Gupta in 1997, the corporation officials suggested that the land could be used for building a ‘Mayor House’. But the proposal was not put on paper. Sources said that in 2005 though the proposal was put forward in the corporation’s general body meeting, it could not pass.
The corporation is facing such a financial crunch that it has no option but to auction the land. The existing Mayor House located in the Ghat Gate area has remained unoccupied for nearly a decade. Sources said the mayors including the present mayor Nirmal Nahta are disinterested in moving to the locality that is known for its unhygienic surroundings.