AG asks State govt to retrieve 8000 acre unused land

Bhubaneswar: Two months after blasting at the Odisha government for not maintaining transparency in land allotments to industrial enterprises, principal accountant general Amar Patnaik has written a letter to chief secretary G.C. Pati to retrieve about 8,000 acre of unused government land allotted to companies in the State.

In the letter, the official said 8803.331 acre of land are lying unused which were allotted to as many as 15 companies three years back to set up industrial units.

Though the companies had signed agreements with the State government to utilise the lands worth Rs 1490.19 crore for industry purposes, they are yet to do so.

Similarly, the 16 allottees, who have got 4694.673 acre of land have not used the land within last two to five years, the letter read.

The value of the land at current market price would be Rs 935.91 crore, it said.

Besides, about 685 acre of land are left unused for last three to 30 years which were allotted to 1080 enterprises to set up small scale units.

In March, Patnaik has written a letter to Pati seeking to know the basis on which IDCO allots land to some industries or rejects claims of others without assigning any reason.

Raising questions on the transparency of the practice adopted for allotment of land to industries by IDCO, the AG has said in his letter that undue favours had been shown to some companies in allotment of land.