Written by Varinder Bhatia
| Chandigarh |
Released: August 11, 2020 12: 25: 54 pm
A view of the Ther mound in Sirsa. Express
Haryana government is all set to make another attempt to get vacated the questionable Ther mound in Sirsa– an 82- acre land stated a centrally secured website by the Archaeological Survey of India having enormous historical value and which almost 50,000 people now call house.
The government will quickly inform a rehab plan finalised by committee comprising 5 senior IAS officers of principal secretary rank.
Up until now, Sirsa’s district administration has recognized 3,233 residents of the Ther mound. Nevertheless, on the ground approximately 40,000-50,000 individuals survive on and around the mound.
” As a matter of concept, rehab of prohibited encroachers of federal government land under main protection ought not to be done. Nevertheless, in view of the possible law and order situation, just those households who will be rendered homeless as a result of the eviction or those who are authentic occupants on account of sale deeds of land and home will be qualified for the rehabilitation,” the committee has decided.
The federal government has chosen that each such “qualified households” will be given a plot of suitable size not going beyond 100 square yards in such villages as are identified by Sirsa district administration.
The district administration, on its part, has already identified chunks of land, around 89 acres, in 9-10 town panchayats where those eliminated from the Ther mound will be restored.
The federal government has actually also decided that the layout plan and design of the land “shall be according to standards of the Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Basti Yojana” and “the cost of acquiring the land from the Gram panchayats and to provide other standard amenities will be borne by the state government”.
A source in the understand of the important things told The Indian Express that the tentative expense of building each house per family will be around Rs 1.5 lakh and the state government will bear this expense.
The government has likewise chosen that the “eligible residents will vacate the website under encroachment and destroy any structure” standing thereon. “Upon getaway of the website, government will provide grant equivalent to the grant permissible under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana– Gramin for construction of house on the designated plot.
In case the allottee contributes own labour for building of his home, he will likewise be qualified to get incomes under MGNREGS according to standards of PMAY-Gramin”. The state government will give 6 months time for construction of the home.
Carrying out orders gone by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2017, the state federal government had actually moved 788 families out of the Ther mound and settled them in Sirsa’s Housing Board Nest in Sector19 The state federal government claims to have actually cleared around 31 acres of the safeguarded website’s area,
The rehab strategy, now drafted by the state federal government, will also be applicable to the households currently shifted to Real estate Board colony. They will need to leave the flats they had been occupying after they are allotted plots on village panchayat land.
Principal Secretary (Archaeology, Archives and Museum) Ashok Khemka told The Indian Express that the committee’s choice has been approved by the Chief Secretary, Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Chief Ninister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy Dushyant Chautala
” The committee’s choice will now need to be set up prior to the Council of Ministers after which it will be informed. The financial approval to the rehab strategy is likewise lying with the Finance Department, awaiting approval,” he said.
The prospect of clearing the entire 82 acres of the Ther mound has remained a tough job for the state federal government.
The mound is thought to hold clues to Sarishika–. a 6th-5th century BC city that fell on the old route to Takshashila and discovers reference in the Mahabharata, Panini’s Ashtadhyayi and the Buddhist text Divyavadana.
However, the mound initially requires to be cleared of encroachers for the ASI to validate its historicity. The mound increases 15-18 metres above neighboring locations, but there is a conflict over the size of the protected location.
On July 9, 1932, the then Punjab federal government had actually provided a notice under Ancient Monuments Conservation Act, 1904, and the then Guv in Council had actually stated Ther mound a secured monument/site of national value.
Hearing multiple petitions connected to the advancements on the Ther mound, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in 2017, had directed state government to clear the entire 82 acres and move the encroachers out of the protected site.
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