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LG tells police to hand over land to Delhi govt

In one of his first major official decisions, newly-appointed Lieutenant  Governor Najeeb Jung has directed the police to hand over a plot of land to the city government for construction of a hospital in the west Delhi area, notwithstanding reservation by the force.

‘The order by Jung came in the wake of a long-pending dispute between Delhi government and city police over the 1,600 sq m plot in Pocket 4 in Bindapur area,’ Raj Niwas's spokesperson said.
Observing that no construction was carried out by the police on the land which was allotted to the force on 22 October, 1997 by the Delhi Development Authority to set up a police post, the Delhi government had approached the land agency for the allotment of the plot to set up a hospital.
However, the police had refused to vacate possession.

In a directive issued on 12 July, Jung, while accepting Delhi government's contention, asked the force to vacate the possession of the plot for setting up of a 100-bed hospital in the area and asked it to accept an adjacent plot measuring 1,000 sq m for the police post. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit, while addressing a rally in Bindapur on 9 June, had announced her government's decision to set up the hospital in the area, heeding to the demand of local MLA Mukesh Sharma and residents of the area.

Welcoming Jung's directive to police, Sharma, who is also parliamentary secretary to Dikshit, said the Lt Governor's decision will pave the way for construction of the hospital in the area.
‘I welcome the decision. The Lt Governor understood peoples' sentiments and asked the police to hand over the plot for setting up of the hospital. We thank him wholeheartedly,’ he said.
The health department and Sharma had approached the DDA late last year seeking possession of the plot to Delhi government for the proposed hospital.

A meeting of the screening committee of the land agency had on 20 December last year, while accepting the request, decided to give an adjacent plot to Delhi police. Expressing unhappiness, the police had refused to comply with the DDA order.
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