Ayodhya: Fresh Demarcation Process of Acquired Land Begins
AYODHYA/ NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 16— A week after the Supreme Court ordered construction of Ram Temple on the site where 16the century Babri Masjid once stood in Ayodhya, the administration in the Uttar Pradesh town has begun preparing the fresh demarcation process of the acquired land. In its unanimous verdict on November 9, the five-judge Constitution Bench of the top court also ordered allocation of 5 acres for construction of a mosque.
The 67.7 acres land was acquired by the union government in January 1993 through the Acquisition of Certain Area of Ayodhya Act 1993. The acquired land includes Kot Ramchandar, Jalwanpur and Awadh Khas of Faizabad Tahsil.
According to the section 3 of the Acquisition Act 1993, right, title and interest of acquired land vest in the union government. The acquired land, include residential houses, agricultural lands, Hindu temples and Muslim graveyards.
According to sources, before the formal constitution of the Trust for Ram Mandir, the status of the land is to be made clear.
As such the local administration has been asked to measure the land. The district administration has begun preparations to demarcate the land acquired by the Centre after the demolition of the Babri Masjid before it can be handed over to the Trust to be formed by the Centre as directed by the Supreme Court.
Faizabad Commissioner Manoj Mishra, however, refused to reveal the details of demarcation process. He said "paimaish" (measurement) of the acquired land will be done according to the requirement of the Trust.
SC Orders Allocation of Land for Temple and Mosque
The top court pronounced the verdict in 134-year-old title suit involving 1500 square yards comprising inner and outer courtyards of the Babri Masjid. In its judgment, the court gave all 1500 square yards to the Hindu side for construction of a temple. The court also allowed the central government to give land out of the acquired land to the temple.
“Possession of the inner and outer courtyards shall be handed over to the Board of Trustees of the Trust or to the body so constituted. The Central Government will be at liberty to make suitable provisions in respect of the rest of the acquired land by handing it over to the Trust or body for management and development in terms of the scheme framed in accordance with the above directions,” reads the court order.
Regarding the land for mosque, the top court ordered that the Sunni Waqf Board will be given 5 acres out of the acquired land or at some prominent place in Ayodhya.
“Simultaneously, with the handing over of the disputed property to the Trust or body under clause 2 above, a suitable plot of land admeasuring 5 acres shall be handed over to the Sunni Central Waqf Board, the plaintiff in Suit 4. The land shall be allotted either by: (a) The Central Government out of the land acquired under the Ayodhya Act 1993; or (b) The State Government at a suitable prominent place in Ayodhya; The Central Government and the State Government shall act in consultation with each other to effectuate the above allotment in the period stipulated. The Sunni Central Waqf Board would be at liberty, on the allotment of the land to take all necessary steps for the construction of a mosque on the land so allotted together with other associated facilities,” reads the top court order.
--With Inputs From IANS