State govt to take back unconverted lands of engg colleges

Bhubaneswar: Tightening noose on the private engineering colleges and industrial training institutes (ITIs), the State government on Wednesday decided to take back lands of those institutes which have not converted agricultural lands into commercial or residential and constructed institute buildings on those lands.

Informing this in the state Assembly Revenue and Disaster Management minister Surya Narayan Patro said all the district collectors have been instructed to take immediate action against these institutes which have acquired private lands in violation of Section 8 (1) C of Odisha Land Reforms Act, 1960.

“The State government has also asked the Industry Department to cancel affiliation of those institutes if they fail to comply with the law within stipulated time,” said Patro.

In a reply to the query of the Opposition and ruling members, the minister stated that nearly 30-40 institutes have not gone through the land conversion process.

Patro informed the House that to set up industrial training centres the State government has provided lands in seven districts including Bargarh, Cuttack, Debgarh, jajpur, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur. Similarly 142 engineering colleges have been facilitated with lands to set up the institutes, said the minister.