After a legal battle lasting over 35 years, the Chinchwad Deosthan Trust, one of the richest and oldest in the state, has won a series of cases related to land disputes, for compensation that will amount to a maximum of Rs 194.32.
The Trust, which presides over the Morgaon, Siddhatek, Theur and Chinchwad temples, has been fighting the members of its founder-family, the Deos, since 1980 for compensation for hundreds of acres of prime land in Aundh, Baner, Ravet, Chinchwad and Maan villages, that were acquired by the government. While the district court has ruled in favour of the Trust in several cases, compensation will be as per what was handed out by the government when the land was acquired – between Rs 5.75 and Rs 139. Even though interest of three decades will be added, the amount will still merely reach a few thousands.
Hundreds of hectares of land owned by the Trust and situated in several villages around the old city were acquired by the government between 1975 and 1984 under the Land Acquisition Act. And, compensation was handed out as per rates considered rightful at the time.