Uttarakhand government has banned sale and purchase of land at Gairsain where it is going to construct an Assembly building and hold at least one session of the House every year.
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna issued directives to this effect late on Saturday night, official sources said here today.
The move follows reports about rise in the activities of land mafia at Gairsain in Chamoli district ever since the state cabinet decided to build a Vidhan Bhawan there early this month, they said.
There were reports about land sharks with political patronage trying to buy land of the local people and farmers at Gairsain and adjoining areas in Chamoli district at throwaway prices and make profits in view of the likely rise in their value following state government's decision to construct a Vidhan Bhawan there.
The ban on sale and purchase of land will remain in force till a master plan on the Vidhan Gairsain is prepared.
The state cabinet which met for the first time at Gairsain on November 3 decided to build a Vidhan Bhawan there and hold a session of the House there every year.
The move was seen as an effort to reach out to the hill people, a large section of whom, are in favour of Gairsain being declared as the permanent capital of the state.