The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has set the legal process rolling to buy the ancestral houses of two Indian film legendary actors and friends, Dilip Kumar and the late Raj Kapoor, in Peshawar.
The KP government has enacted a necessary section of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 of the state, which authorises the government to take possession of both the houses on emergency basis.
The amount will soon be released to the deputy commissioner (DC) of Peshawar for payment to the landowners.
The price of Dilip Kumar’s 101 square metres house has been fixed at $50,517 while that of Raj Kapoor’s 151.75 square metres at $94,061 by the Archaeological Department of Pakistan.
According to a report, the owners for a long time were not willing to sell these houses as the government was not willing to pay the market prices. Their objections were that the prime location properties have been severely undervalued.
The owner of Kumar’s ancestral house has demanded Rs250 million for the property and the owner of the ancestral house in Peshawar of Raj Kapoor demanded Rs2 billion.—TLTP