Bhubaneswar2/06/18;: After over 30 years of legal battle, the State Government finally took possession of a valuable piece of land of more than 1.3 acres near AG Square in the Odisha capital through an eviction programme on Friday.
This land will be used to build Bhubaneswar Museum of Urban History, which is going to be the first of its kind project in the country.
The Central Enforcement Monitoring Committee (CEMC) dug up trench around the reclaimed land to construct boundary wall immediately.
It was a rare achievement for CEMC consisting General Administration Department (GAD), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL).
It can be mentioned here that the 1.3 acres of land were illegally occupied by one Raghu Ray under the guise of Indira English Medium School, since 1988. The GAD land papers were forged by the accused encroacher and the institute was also running with an affiliation of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). However, later CBSE withdrew its affiliation after the forgery came to the public eye and substantiated in the court. The school remained closed from 2007 onwards, though the encroachment over the Government land was continuing.
The General Administration Department had filed an FIR against the encroacher Raghu Ray for having forged the papers relating to the land. Later an Odisha Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants, Act, 1972) OPPE case was initiated by the GAD.
However, Raghu Ray challenged the notice of the OPPE case and obtained a status quo order in WPC 7941/2003 which was continuing since 2006 till date. GAD filed a miscellaneous case No2088/17 to vacate Status quo order of WPC 7941/2003.