Sta­tus check: Kot, Band­hwari

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Lo­cated to the south of Man­gar in the Araval­lis in Farid­abad, Kot vil­lage falls within the 500 m buf­fer zone. It has more or less fol­lowed the same tra­jec­tory as its neigh­bour Man­gar, but land has not been con­sol­i­dated here and, there­fore, plots have not been al­lo­cated. Only un­di­vided shares in the hill can be bought and sold. Most of the Kot hill land has al­ready been clas­si­fied as for­est area fol­low­ing or­ders of the Supreme Court in the MC Me­hta case in 2004.

A de­ci­sion has yet to be taken on the for­est sta­tus of the re­main­ing part of the hill.

The prob­lem is, as only un­di­vided shares can be bought be­cause land has not been con­sol­i­dated, in­vestors who are buy­ing in­di­vid­ual shares from vil­lagers are tak­ing a huge risk be­cause Kot is still sham­lat or com­mu­nity land and the vil­lagers are only sell­ing their share in ra­tio to their agri­cul­ture land hold­ing.

As per re­ports, a case for de­cid­ing the ti­tle of the com­mon land of Kot is pend­ing in the rev­enue court of the deputy com­mis­sioner of Farid­abad to de­ter­mine whether it should stay with the pan­chayat or go to the in­di­vid­ual vil­lage pro­pri­etors.

It is also re­ported that fol­low­ing the Jag­pal Singh judg­ment of the SC in 2012, the gov­ern­ment of Haryana is­sued in­struc­tions ban­ning the reg­is­tra­tion of sale of pan­chayat and sham­lat lands.

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