NGT starts hearing of Complaint case on KIMS forest land illegally occupied by KIIT
On 20.9.17, National Green Tribunal heard the Case No. 65/2017/EZ & M.A. 211/2017/EZ filed by Subash Mohapatra vs Govt. of Odisha challenging illegal and unauthorised use of forest land by Achyut Samant-led-KIIT for construction of building for KIMS ( Kalinga Institute of Medical Science). NGT has asked all the opposite parties i.e., Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Govt. of Odisha, District Collector, Khurdha, Divisonal Forest Officer, Chandaka Wildlife Division, Bhubaneswar to file affidavit by 1.11.2017. KIIT was also allowed to file affidavit.
In his complaint petition, Dr. Subas Mohapatra has pointed out that Plot no 516 in Patia Mouza in Bhubaneswar tehsil is having an extent of 55 Acres of forest land mostly of Jungle-2Kisam, a category of forest land under Revenue Khata has been encroached by KIIT for constructing educational institution and medical college. Further Record of Rights is in the name of Industrial Development Corporation and the same has been transferred in favour of IDCO without obtaining approval from central government as required under Forest Conservation Act 1980.
The CAG in its audit report has observed that around 34.41 Acres of forest land against which no forest clearance from MOEF had been obtained so far(as of December 2012) while a hospital building and structures were constructed on such land in blatant violation of forest conservation act 1980.
Though General Administration Department, Government of Odisha wrote letter dt. 30.12.2012 to Secretary KIIT, for submission of proposal for diversion of forest land of an area of 10.91 acres , the authority of KIIT has not complied it so far.
Despite being aware about illegal construction over forest land by KIIT, the State Govt. remained mute spectator and did not take any step to recover the land due to unholy alliance of Achyut Samant with State administration.
Sri Sankar Prasad Pani, learned environment lawyer is pleading the case.
This is the second case filed against KIIT in NGT.