Contempt proceedings get UT on track, allocates plots to beneficiaries

  • HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2014 07:34 IST

Failing to comply with court directives to allocate plots to 29 people under the slum rehabilitation scheme for the past four years, the UT administration allotted plots within two months of initiating of contempt proceedings.

In a reply to the contempt petition filed by 29 displaced residents of Palsora under the slum rehabilitation scheme, despite court orders, the UT administration submitted that it had allocated plots to 12 people. The administration, however, sought 10-day time from the court to allot plots to 13 remaining persons.

Acting on a petition filed by 29 residents of LBS colony, Palsora, in May, judicial magistrate Anil Kaushik had issued notice to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) secretary, UT home secretary and assistant estate officer seeking explanation of their failure to comply with court directives.

The court had also directed the CHB to comply with court orders dated May 25, 2010, directing it to allot the reserved 29 sites to these 29 applicants by July 18, failing which appropriate action would be taken.
"Considering the failure of the administration and CHB to allot houses to the applicants, the court had issued a contempt notice to CHB home secretary and the assistant estate officer. In reply, the UT submitted that they have allotted plots to 12 persons while they will be allocating plots to remaining 13 persons within 10 days," said Pawan Kumar Sharma, who is representing the 29 applicants awaiting allotment of houses under the slum rehabilitation scheme since 2002.

In December 2002, the UT estate office had declared about 263 persons of LBS colony for allotment of residential plots (referred to as plenth-level sites) in Sector 56, Chandigarh, under the slum rehabilitation scheme. These files were cleared by UT estate office and passed on to the CHB for issuing possession letters.

However, the CHB misplaced the records pertaining to these 29 residents who were eligible for rehabilitation, following which the residents moved court seeking direction to allot sites to them.
Disposing of their petition, the court on May 25, 2010, directed the UT administration, estate office and CHB to allot them plots. As per the directives of the court, 29 sites were reserved, but the families are awaiting allotment till date.

Of these 29 applicants, nine died awaiting implementation of orders.

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