2 war veterans move court to keep allotted land

Retired colonels Anil Athalye and R Kirloskar have moved Bombay High Court (HC) for a direction to the state government to not take back land allotted to them near Pune under a 1973 scheme for Army soldiers. HC has asked advocate general Darius J Khambata to find a solution as the war veterans did not construct houses within a deadline set by the state.The matter would be heard on December 17 by justices S J Vajifdar and R Y Ganoo.

The judges asked the government Tuesday to be accommodative to the war heroes. Athalye and Kirloskar were allotted plots at Vadgaon Sheri, now under Pune Municipal Corporation, in keeping with its 1973 policy allowing military men to construct houses on such land within a specified time.

However, the petitioners claimed they could not construct houses in time as they were posted on the border.

The government allowed them two time extensions, but they still could not complete construction.Athalye pleaded in September 2009 he was given an ultimatum to finish construction within two years, but before end of this period a local MLA wrote to the district collector suggesting the land could be used for a village garden. The tehsildar then directed Athalye to stop construction. The petitioners pleaded they did not get enough time to construct the houses as most of the time they were posted on border.

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