Prashant Krar, ET Bureau | Oct 12, 2012, 11.59AM IST
CHANDIGARH: Haryana industry minister RS Surjewalahas said that realty major DLF’s land acquisition mentioned by activist-politician Arvind Kejriwal were done during the tenure of the Haryana Vikas Party-BJP and INLD-BJP alliance governments from 1997 to 2005.
“The agreement for sale of 30 acres to East India Hotels was entered in February 2005. At that time, the INLD-BJP government was in power in Haryana,” Surjewala told a news conference in Chandigarh on Thursday.
“The decision to release 30 acres to the firm, in October 1997, was done when Haryana Vikas Patry and BJP were in power,” he added.
On the alleged transfer of 350 acre of village land to DLF, he said that the setting up of leisure and business centre was conceptualised by the INLD-BJP government headed by former chief minister OP Chautala during his foreign visit in 2002-2003.
A core group of officers of the then government had indentified panchayat land of village Wazirabad in Gurgaon, he said. “On direction of OP Chautala, in June 2003, officials of HSIIDC transferred land acquired for residential purposes for recreation projects,” he said.
Surjewala said that the Congress government was continuing the process initiated by earlier governments.
“The Congress government appointed IL&FS for auction of the HSIIDC project. It was auctioned for 1,700 crore,” he said. Two PILs were filed in courts to challenge the project.
On allegations of change in FAR for DLF’s phase-V project at Gurgaon, Surjewala said the Congress government has made no changes. Chautala, meanwhile, demanded an inquiry into Congress government’s role in ‘favoring’ DLF and Robert Vadra.