The worship which has been going on since 1965 in the Sarwat Shiva temple, built on the land taken on lease from the municipality, will continue unabated. In the Municipal Board meeting, the proposal to extend the lease of the temple and Dharamshala by 30 years was approved by a majority. The board also rejected the objection raised by the member Abid Ali to the proposal to extend the lease.
The municipal land situated in village Sarwat, adjacent to the city, was given on a 30-year lease to the Shiv Mandir Sabha after a resolution was passed in 1965. The Sabha had also built a Dharamshala by renovating the already situated Shiva temple on the said land. Even today the Shiv Mandir Sabha has been taking care of the said land and the temple.
Proposal to extend lease has been prohibited
The temple assembly had requested to extend the lease of the land by 99 years. The proposal to extend the lease by 30 years from 1996 was passed by fixing the rent of one thousand rupees per annum except 11 shops. The proposal which was prohibited by the Divisional Commissioner, Saharanpur on January 6, 2014.
The municipality had gone to court on lease violation
In connection with the eviction of 11 shops for violation of lease, the Municipal Tax Department had filed an eviction suit against Shiv Mandir Sabha Sarwat in the court. This case is going on in the court. Due to which the proposal to extend the lease of remaining land by 30 years except 11 shops in the municipality board was placed in the board meeting of November 1.
Despite the opposition of the member, the lease extended
The proposal to extend the lease of land given to Shiv Mandir Sabha by 30 years was placed in the board meeting. To which Ward Councilor Abid Ali had objected. He had said that six bighas of land of the municipality is recorded in the government documents as manure pits. It was said that the litigation is going on in the court on the said land, so it cannot be given on lease despite majority. But bypassing the objection of the member, the board extended the lease for 30 years, flagging the related proposal.
The board has passed a resolution by majority to extend the lease of the land by 30 years. The decision of the Board is unanimous.
-Anju Aggarwal, Municipality President