Delay in Compensation for Airport Acquisition: AC’s Office Attached

Mangaluru: The lethargy and callousness of the bureaucracy came to light in yet another case when a local court attached the office of the revenue assistant commissioner of Mangaluru subdivision, located in the Mini Vidhana Soudha premises next to the University College.

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The property attached included the AC’s computer, table, chair and airconditioner. The court order was executed on Thursday, in the presence of court officials and police.

Domba and Appi, residents of Kenjar Padavu, where the new airport and runway have come up, had been served a notice of denotification in 2005. They had ceded 50 cents land each and were paid only Rs 1.5 lakh each.

Both families approached a court complaining that the compensation was low. The court ruled in 2014 fixing the compensation at Rs 10 lakh an acre. The revenue officials were delaying the payment and harassing them, according to the families.

When they appealed to the AC about a year ago, he had reportedly assured them that he would write to the government and obtain payment. But the amount was not deposited in the court.

The court took serious view of the matter and served a final notice earlier this year. In response, the AC had sought two months’ time, which elapsed on March 25. The court ordered that Appi paid Rs 21 lakh and Domba Rs 19 lakh, being principal and interest accrued thereon for so many years.

Failure to do so would entail attachment of the AC’s office on April 28. In spite of it, no action was taken. Hence the office was attached by the court officials.

This is the second instance of the same office being attached in recent times.

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