Jamshedpur: Kolhan commissioner Vijoy Kumar Singh on Tuesday sought detailed clarification from Tata Steel on civic amenities provided to urban slums (denotified areas under company lease). He also demanded clarification on registration amount charged for transferring name of subleased units to another party.
During a three- hour long review meeting held at district collectorate, Vijoy Kumar Singh asked the company officials to submit the details within 15 days. Tata Steel vice-president corporate services Chanakya Chaudhary and Tata Steel chief corporate services, Rituraj Sinha were present on the occasion.
“On the directive of the State Land Reform and Revenue Department the meeting was caIIed. I have asked the Tata Steel senior officials to submit the detailed clarification on what civic amenities they have been provided to the more than 86 urban slums and also the amount charged for transfer of name of subleased units to other parties within 15 days which would then be submitted to the land reform and revenue department,” the commissioner said.
As per 2005 lease agreement between state government and Tata Steel they should provide similar civic amenities to urban slums which would be chargeable. In addition, as per the lease agreement, Tata Steel can only sublease units but cannot allow sale of sublease land to other parties.
For the record, between 2006 and 2011, after Tata Steel lease was renewed by the state government in 2005, 59 parties had been granted the steel major’s sublease by the district administration after a nod from the Appropriate Machinery Committee (AMC)- a government-sponsored panel that decides on the allotment of Tata Steel sublease land. Incidentally, on September 18, 2012, the state government had banned construction on subleased land via a notification, bringing to an abrupt halt many projects of malls, buildings, multi-layered parking and so on.
“We have come to know that Tata Steel has charged amount for transfer of names, thereby allowing sale of subleased units to other parties. The deal is in crores and in more than 15 years. It is a violation of lease norms. The government wants to know how many violation have taken place in such manner,” said Vijoy Kumar Singh.
The commissioner also raised concern Tata Steel’s approval of building plans. “We have come to know that building plans in Tata Steel lease areas are first passed by Tata Steel before being sent to Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) for approval. As per norms, it is the civic body which should approve building plans. I have also received complaints about new electricity connections pending despite payment of amount. Tata Steel officials have assured of undertaking remedial measures,” added Singh.