House owners in Ghorpadi served eviction notices

Neha Basudkar
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

In fact, the entire village does not have General Land Register (GLR).  Hence, the house owners questioned the legality of the notices.

PUNE: Nearly 80 per cent of house owners in Ghorpadi village have been served notices by the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) to vacate their houses as they do not have proper plans or documents of ownership of the land. 

In fact, the entire village does not have General Land Register (GLR). Hence, the house owners questioned the legality of the notices.

Kiran Mantri, a ward member of PCB, has been fighting for the rights of these house owners, but in vain.

During the recent General Body meeting of the PCB, Mantri raised the issue as one of the bungalows in the village has also been served the notice. Mantri said, “House number 54 in the village does not have the plan because it is their ancestral property. The 7/12 extracts or property papers were never made because there was no GLR made for the village.”

She said, “In 2015, I was the then vice-president of the PCB and Saurabh Rao was the then district collector. I had visited him to solve this issue. Rao had agreed, but later nothing happened. The Cantonment continued serving notices to these houses.”

“The PCB is failing to complete its responsibility because Ghorpadi falls within the PCB limits. When they know that the village does not have GLR, then they should take steps to get it done. Instead, they are issuing these notices as though they have encroached upon the land. If demarcation is made, then the Cantonment will also have the data of land to plan their steps ahead,” Mantri added. 

When contacted, DN Yadav, Chief Executive Officer of PCB, said, “Ghorpadi village is not a defence land. Since the issue has been raised by Mantri as it’s her ward, we will take up the issue with the district collector. Till then, notices will not be served to the owners, who do not have plans of their houses.”

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