Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 22:
Leading deemed university KIIT has encroached about 18 acres of forest land, informed Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh in the Odisha Assembly today.
The Minister made the statement during the Question Hour in response to an unstarred question by Congress member Krushna Chandra Sagaria seeking a clarification on the quantum of forest land encroached by KIIT in Patia and Chandaka areas of Bhubaneswar and what measures the government has taken to get back the land.
Arukh in his reply told the House that KIIT has encroached 18.100 acre of forest kissam (category) land in Patharagadia mouza of Bhubaneswar. Cases bearing nos. 640/11 and 641/11 have been filed against KIIT under the Orissa Prevention of Land Encroachment Act to make the land encroachment free, he added.
Similarly, a total of 279.318 acres of forest land have been provided to KIIT and other organizations in Mancheswar industrial area, Chandaka industrial area and Jayadev Vihar area of Bhubaneswar according to information provided by IDCO, the Minister informed.