Published On : Fri, Jan 27th, 2017

Sitabuldi khowa traders move HC against Metro Rail, NMC for land grab

Nagpur: The Sitabuldi-based khowa traders have reportedly knocked the doors of High Court against Nagpur Metro Rail and Nagpur Municipal Corporation for grabbing their land forcibly ostensibly for metro project. The space for the khowa traders was provided by Durga Mata Mandir Trust long back.

This information was shared by Adv Sudhir Mahajan, representing the khowa traders, and the affected traders themselves.

According to details, Durga Mata Trust is registered with Nagpur Charitable Commissioner’s office since 1934. The Trust is situated at Mauza Buldi, Survey No. 2354, 2355 on a land admeasuring 634.50 sq mtr and 9725.80 sq mtr respectively. A Shitla Mata Mandir is situated at this place.

In 1972, the NMC separated the Survey Nos. 2353 and 2355. However, according to the PIL, NMC turned the land of Survey No. 2355 in their name without the knowledge of the Trust. On this land, 13 shops were constructed by NMC and rented out to khowa traders. The traders were paying the relevant taxes regularly.

But the NMC has now “hatched a conspiracy” to grab the land for handing it over to Nagpur Metro Rail authorities, said the PIL filed by khowa traders. “The NMC cannot demolish the khowa market without permission/knowledge of Durga Mata Trust and Charity Commissioner,” argued the PIL.