Manesar land scam blew lid off govt nexus with private builders

As per the latest news, the CBI raids at the residences of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and several bureaucrats on Saturday point to what an official described as the “brazen way” in which government officials and builders colluded to enable the latter to buy land from farmers at dirt-cheap rates.

“The then government followed a devious modus operandi of first issuing notifications with the intent to acquire land for public purpose, creating a sense of fear among the farmers that they would end up getting low compensation. The builders used this to trap farmers to sell their land at much less than the market prices. The notifications were cancelled soon after the land was acquired,” an official said on the condition of anonymity.

On October 3, 2007, TOI had first exposed the episode with a report describing how the decision had put paid to a plan of Haryana Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) to provide housing facilities for poor industrial workers. Even HSIIDC officials had suggested foul play in the case.

Source: The Times of India , The India Post , ET Realty