BSL notice to 4 organisations over lease expiry

  • | Tuesday | 26th September, 2023

Bokaro: The Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL), a unit of SAIL, has sent notices to local branches of National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), Indian Medical Association (IMA), Bank of Baroda and Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya after they failed to renew their lease agreement. BSL spokesperson Manikant Dhan said, BSL has issued final notices to the institutions demanding they either remit the substantial lease renewal fees, amounting to crores of rupees or face the cancellation of their land allocation which will be initiated by a powercut. Two reminder notices were served earlier to these institutions. TOI has a copy of the notices served. The land and revenue department of BSL is under pressure from SAIL headquarters and higher officials to optimise revenue collection because of which an extensive review of lease agreements were initiated.BSL gave a plot on lease to NIPM Bokaro on April 2, 1984, which ended on April 2, 2017. In the past six years, the committee running NIPM has not renewed the lease. Now BSL has sent a final notice asking them to deposit about Rs 1.60 crore for renewing the lease, said BSL. The secretary of NIPM Bokaro Branch, Niranjan Kumar, did not respond to repeated calls for a comment.BSL allotted a plot in Sector 5 to IMA Bokaro on December 23, 1981 which ended on December 23, 2014. Now, BSL has sent a final notice asking it to deposit approximately Rs 1.04 crore to renew the lease. The lease of Bank of Baroda in Sector 4, City Centre, expired on September 7, 2010. BSL has now issued a final notice to the bank, providing it a 15-day window to pay renewal fees amounting to approximately Rs 1.91 crore. The lease of the land of the vishwavidyalaya in Bokaro expired on March 21, 2019. It owes BSL around Rs 1.54 crore. We also published the following articles recentlyBSL launches helpline for staff emergenciesBokaro Steel Limited (BSL) has launched a helpline for its present and former employees residing in the township area. The helpline will provide assistance during emergencies, with BSL volunteers visiting the homes of retired employees or elderly parents upon receiving a call. This initiative, the first in the Steel Authority of India Limited, is expected to benefit hundreds of retired workers in Bokaro and neighboring areas. The helpline will ensure their well-being and provide the care and support they need during their golden years.KMRL begins procedures to lease out land for Bliss CityThe Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has issued an e-tender to lease out 17.43 acres of land for the proposed Bliss City project at Kakkanad. The project, which was initially planned as a medical city and entertainment hub, will now focus on projects that provide employment opportunities. KMRL had previously considered setting up a new campus of Infopark on the land, but the remaining 14 acres may be more suitable for that purpose. KMRL is also undertaking renovation works worth 116 crore to improve accessibility to Metro stations in Kochi.Local body can lease civic amenity site, not auction itThe Dharwad bench of the high court in Bengaluru ruled that a deputy commissioner does not have the authority to auction a civic amenity site under section 72 of the Karnataka Municipalities Act. The court stated that the local authority is only a custodian of such sites and allowing local bodies and revenue authorities to meddle with them would defeat their purpose in urban development. The court quashed a letter issued by the DC for auctioning a civic amenity site in a layout owned by a businessman.

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