It remains unclear why the state government is loath to take over this prime stretch of land. Usually, and often times, if and when the state government is hesitant to do something, it blames the Centre. AFSPA is the case in point. But, in the case of the land in contention, there is no scope for blame games. The Centre has given a clean chit for the land to be taken over.
In the public interest, the state must come clear about this strange and curious omission. If it is just inertia , then the state must get rid of it and take due action but as has been speculated by some that some influential coterie of business persons are eyeing this prime stretch of land for their vested interests , then the state should also come clear on this.
While it is well and fine to state that this piece of land can generate employment and help the economy, it is all very vague. This is public land and must be used for public interest. In lieu of this, the state ,if it fears capture of this land by vested interests, or patronizing of these vested interests by some politicians, there are ways and means to deal with these apprehensions. A transparent bidding process and auction of the land that can be parceled out according to a well defined business plan catering to different business segments can be taken recourse to. If this is done, then there will be little scope for corruption, scandal and misappropriation of the land.
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