February 19, 2018

DM order to remove varsity squatters

Patna: District magistrate Kumar Ravi on Saturday directed the Patna Sadar circle officer to immediately remove encroachment from the Golakpur plot of Patna University in compliance with the high court’s order.

Patna High Court has ordered the district administration to free the university’s Golakpur land of encroachers following a PIL filed by social activist Vikash Chandra, better known as Guddu Baba.

Ravi held a meeting on Saturday to further instruct the officials concerned to comply with the court’s order.

The deputy collector of land reforms, Patna Sadar, was at the meeting with the Sadar circle officer and other officials of Patna University.

Guddu Baba’s writ petition was filed in public interest, disclosing the level of encroachment at various institutions of Patna University. In the information provided by the university, there are as many as 275 instances of encroachment on the campuses of the university and its constituent colleges.

The high court said it was not difficult to imagine the nature of disturbance to students and teachers from unauthorised encroachers. The court said it was the state’s responsibility to ensure that public property, that too where institutions of higher level are located, is protected from encroachment.

Patna University had acquired the Golakpur land near the National Institute of Technology in 1955 for building the Bihar College of Engineering. Guddu Baba said around 3 acres of the land is currently encroached upon.

A committee, comprising principal secretaries of the education and revenue departments, Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor, then district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, and the Patna University registrar, was set up on the high court’s direction to look into the matter and identify the encroached land.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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