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Govt favoured Indigold in land sale: Gohil

BS Reporter  |  Mumbai/ Ahmedabad 

Gujarat congress today attacked ruling BJP government for favouring a Mumbai-based private company. The leader of opposition in Gujarat, Shaktisinh Gohil, alleged that the state government allowed Indigold Refinery to sell 200,000 of land rather than taking the possession of the said land. The alleged deal, according to him, is estimated to have cost the state exchequer around Rs 40 crore.

As per the state government norms, a company would require to commence the production from the proposed unit within the stipulated period. If it fails to do so, the government would take the possession of the land. But the government allegedly failed to do so in the case of Indigold Refinery and allowed the company to sell the land to Alumina Refinery. Sharing the details received under the Right to Information Act (RTI), Gohil claimed that Indigold Refinery was given 200,000 sq mts of agricultural land in Kutch for industrial purpose but when it failed to start the production within the stipulated time period, it was illegally allowed to sell the land to Alumina Refinery rather than government taking the possession of the land as per the rules.

Accusing the state government of favouring a company by overruling the advice of the revenue department officials, Gohil, said, "The revenue minister of the state violated the rules and allowed the Mumbia-based Indigold Refinery to sell its land to Alumina Refinery Pvt Ltd disregarding the objections raised by the concerned officers of the revenue department." The congress has demanded the government to set up an inquiry by a senior judge from high court or the supreme court to look into the scam.

First Published: Tue, April 26 2011. 00:05 IST