IRWO: Land Procurement

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A photograph of Zirakpur Housing Complex near Chandigarh

Land Procurement

The following is the position of procurement of land by IRWO for Group Housing at various locations:

1. Bengaluru

A plot of about 20-Acre of land was purchased in the years 2009 & 2010. Initially, Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) had notified to acquire this land for their residential colony. After persistent efforts by IRWO and Railway Board, BDA has deleted the land from acquisition and gave final clearance in August, 2015. Building plans were submitted to BDA and were under examination by them for approval in the BDA Board meeting. Finally, BDA asked to super-impose the land-use as per BDA’s Road Plan 2015 on IRWO’s lay out plan. This resulted in not only reducing the area of the plot, but also damaging the integrity of the plot by dividing it into pieces. MS had spoken to the Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, to help IRWO in the matter. Plans need to be revised for approval by BDA once again after discussions with the BDA

2. Lucknow Phase-IV

A plot of residential land measuring 2.13-Acre at Lucknow has been purchased and registered in favour of IRWO on 19-11-2013. Building plans have been submitted to Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) for approval. Tender for the work has been finalized. Booking letters have been issued to the eligible applicants. The scheme is likely to be reopened for booking after approval as vacancies exist

3. jabalpur

About 9.6–Acre of land has been purchased and registered in favour of IRWO in village Salivada and Kosamghat, on NH-12A Jabalpur – Mandla road. Layout plans have been approved by the local authority. Technical Bids were opened on 19-04-2016 and financial bids on 19-07-2016 and are under processing for finalization. The scheme has been opened for booking from 08-08-2016 to 31-10-2016.

4. hyderabad

A piece of 5.40-Acre of land was allotted to IRWO by Telengana Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TPIIC). Another Co-operative Society had challenged this allotment in High Court and matter was sub-judice. Unfortunately, TPIIC also cancelled the allotment to IRWO against which IRWO got a stay from High Court, Hyderabad. Both the W.P’s have been dismissed by the High Court recently. Copy of court order was obtained and TPIIC were requested to take payment as given earlier and give possession of the plot of land to IRWO. The case was pursued with the State Govt. Letter was written by Member Staff, Railway Board to Chief Secretary, Govt of Telengana, followed by a letter from the MR to the Chief Minister, Telengana to assist in obtaining the possession of land to IRWO from TPIIC. The matter was being pursued with the State Govt. Upon appeals from the members of Co-op Society, a two-judge bench of Hon’ble High Court has set the order aside and referred the case back to the single judge of Hon’ble High Court for hearing. First hearing was held on 16-03-2016. TPIIC has now been made a party instead of APIIC

IRWO: Effort for land Procurement by IRWO

1. Sohna

Tenders for turnkey project by Builders for ready-built dwelling units including land transfer, were opened on 12-11-2013 for Sohna. One offer was received. Financial bid was opened on 31-01-2014. IRWO organized a site visit of some of the participants of demand survey. The members had reservations about the site as it falls in District Mewat of Haryana. The tender has since been discharged. Land Committee has inspected plots of land offered at Sohna (located in District Gurgaon) which are suitable for IRWO group housing. Three bids, one for land and other two on turnkey basis, were received from interested Sellers. The bids were under examination. One bid has been short listed for further discussions with the builder

2. Kolkata

Tenders for turnkey project by Builders for ready-built dwelling units including land transfer, was opened on 11-03-2014 for Kolkata. No bids were received. In the meantime, a few plots of land offered in New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata were inspected by the Land Committee on 21-05-2014. Letter of Intent (LOI) was issued for the purchase of 2.76-Acre of land in New Town, Rajarhat. Though the LOI was accepted by the Seller, he could not arrange the clearances required and the LOI had to be cancelled. Land Committee again inspected three plots of land offered at Kolkata. LOI for purchase of a plot of 5.61-Acre of land, in Mouza Patharghata, located in PS: Rajarhat, New Town, Kolkata was issued. The seller accepted the LOI. There were 99 owners in 35 Dag numbers. Seller submitted the letters of consent from all owners to sell their land to IRWO. “Due diligence” to ascertain marketability of the title of land of the owners was done. But succession certificate for land owners who have expired subsequently, could not be established; so the deal did not materialize. Seven more sites as offered have been inspected by MD, DT and DF with GM EZ Kolkata on 14-07-2016 and 15-07-2016. Details and clarifications of proposals for these sites are being submitted by the sellers

3. Shimla

In a demand survey done by IRWO for booking a dwelling unit around Shimla by the members, very good response was received. Offers for sale of plots of land to IRWO were invited and inspected by the land committee. LOI for purchase of about 3.3-Acre of land at Fagu was issued but it was not accepted by the Sellers. More offers were invited and three plots of land offered were again inspected by the land committee. LOI has been issued for the purchase of 2.68-Acre of land at Kufri near Shimla. The LOI has been accepted by the Sellers. “Due diligence” to ascertain marketability of the title of land of the owners has been completed by an advocate. Sellers have been asked to clarify certain points that have come up in the due diligence report of the advocate. The Sellers have been advised to get the objections cleared early

4. Bhubaneswar

The Land Grant Policy for Bhubaneswar, 2015 provides that land can be allotted to Statutory authorities such as Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Orissa State Housing Board (OSHB) and other similar bodies like co-operative societies that Government may notify from time to time. Under this provision, IRWO has applied for allotment of a plot of land at Bhubaneswar for construction of DUs for Railway men. East Coast Railway Shramik Union has also been helping IRWO for allotment of a plot of land. As and when the land is allotted, IRWO will make the payment as per the rates fixed by the State Government and take possession of the land

5. Panvel in Mumbai

Letter of Intent (LOI) for purchase of 10.5-Acre of land in Panvel in Mumbai on Mumbai – Goa highway was issued. In the meantime, the land has come under NAINA (Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area). The available FAR as ascertained from CIDCO is very low (0.2 only) and it has been decided to give up this proposal. In the meantime, a plot of land has been identified near Karjat railway station. Demand survey for procurement of land at Karjat was announced with last date of submission of the application as 31-12-2015. 20 applications have been received in the demand survey. Three fresh proposals for purchase of land at Panvel in Mumbai have been received as rules with increased FAR for plots in NAINA area are under finalization. The offered plots of land have been inspected by MD, DT and DF IRWO along with GM WZ Mumbai

6. Varanasi

LOI was issued for sale of about 8-Acre of land in village Darekhu. However, the deal could not go through. Fresh proposals are to be invited.

7. Moradabad Ph-III

Thirty one applications have been received in the demand survey for single-storey row houses at Moradabad, closed on 31-12-2015. A turnkey tender including transfer of land, for the construction of 65 single-storey houses was opened on 17-03-2016. Land offered by the tenderers was inspected by the Land Committee on 27-04-2016. Negotiation was held on 15-06-2016. LOI issued on 28-06-2016 has been accepted by the Contractor. Due diligence of the land offered has been done. Arrangement for transfer and registration of about 1.9 Ha of land is being made in favour of IRWO