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Land law holds up CUB dream

Motihari, June 6: The Central University in Motihari has hit a new hurdle — land acquisition.

The state government’s new land acquisition policy has come in the way of the district administration acquiring land. Though the new policy was passed in January, related rules are yet to reach the district. The process of land acquisition cannot take off until the district administration receives the rules, said deputy collector (land reforms) Kumar Mangalam. Funds received for acquisition of land for Mahatma Gandhi Central University may lapse after two years if it is not utilised within two years of receipt, he said.

The Union HRD ministry had assured the district administration of Rs 275 crore for acquiring land for the varsity. The first instalment of Rs 100 crore has already arrived.

Mangalam said the first ins talment of Rs 100 crore was received in April 2013. In case new land acquisition rules are not received by April 2015, fresh permission for funds utilisation for acquisition of land to set up Mahatma Gandhi Central University at Motihari would have to be procured. Around 301.1 acres have to be acquired to set up CUB . The land identified for it in three adjoining villages near Motihari town could not be acquired because the record sent to divisional commissioner of Tirhut for public information and notification was based on the old land policy.

A bill to rename CUB after Mahatma Gandhi was pending before the earlier UPA government for almost a year. Union HRD minister, Smriti Irani has assured the bill would be passed in Parliament this year.