Builders en­croach AKTU’s 32 acre land in Bara­banki

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: As many as 32-acre of land al­lot­ted to Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity (AKTU) in Bara­banki for its ex­pan­sion was found to be heav­ily en­croached by land sharks. The univer­sity es­ti­mates the land must be worth ₹100 crore.

AKTU plans to take pos­ses­sion of the land af­ter its huge chunk was found to be en­croached. AKTU vice-chan­cel­lor Vi­nay Pathak said he would write to chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath for in­ter­ven­tion.

“We strongly be­lieve that land con­sol­i­da­tion of­fi­cers and land sharks did some foul play that re­sulted into heavy en­croach­ment over the land al­lot­ted to AKTU,” said an of­fi­cial.

The univer­sity of­fi­cials said they will press their de­mand to re­move the en­croach­ment and will con­tinue to do so till the guilty were ar­rested and the land was re­cov­ered.

In 2001, the state gov­ern­ment had al­lot­ted two plots to AKTU for its ex­pan­sion in Bara­banki. One mea­sur­ing 34 acres is in­tact but an­other mea­sur­ing 32 acres is now heav­ily en­croached by some builders.

The then CM Ra­j­nath Singh laid sym­bolic foun­da­tion on May 21, 2001. But the con­struc­tion work was shelved as univer­sity’s first pri­or­ity was to es­tab­lish its own build­ing on Si­ta­pur Road.

This year on Septem­ber 11, a team of univer­sity of­fi­cial vis­ited the site and found 32 acre of land miss­ing. The univer­sity took up the mat­ter with the Bara­banki district mag­is­trate who has asked ad­di­tional city mag­is­trate (ACM) to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

The AKTU V-C said he had all the pa­pers, doc­u­ments and draw­ings to es­tab­lish that the piece of land be­longed to the univer­sity.

Till early 2016, univer­sity of­fi­cial dur­ing their visit found the piece of land in­tact. But af­ter over one and a half year, when they vis­ited the area on Septem­ber 11, the land was en­croached.

On June 20 this year, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in­au­gu­rated the newly-con­structed cam­pus of AKTU. Es­tab­lished in May 2000, the univer­sity did not have a cam­pus and func­tioned from the IET Cam­pus at Si­ta­pur Road.

The con­struc­tion of the cam­pus, spread over 30 acres (1,25,857 sq m), be­gan in 2011, but stopped af­ter a few months fol­low­ing strong op­po­si­tion from farm­ers over land is­sues. How­ever, work re­sumed in Jan­uary 2016 af­ter new vice-chan­cel­lor Vi­nay Ku­mar Pathak took the charge in Au­gust 2015.

The to­tal ex­pense in­curred in the con­struc­tion of the univer­sity cam­pus was ₹194.72 crore. An­other ₹17.14 crore was spent in build­ing the Kalam Me­mo­rial Cen­tre, which will house AKTU’s dig­i­tal li­brary.

Ear­lier, known as the Ut­tar Pradesh Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity (UPTU), the in­sti­tute was re­named by Akhilesh Ya­dav as Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity as a trib­ute to In­dia’s Mis­sile Man, Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam who died in July 2015.

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