Fifty-seven-year-old Aman Kumar is one of the several unfortunate allottees of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) plots that were distributed through a draw in November 2004.
Despite paying installments regularly for the last five years, Kumar, who has been nurturing a dream of constructing a house in Gurgaon, is yet to have a glimpse of his Sector 57 plot.
Even after more than five years, as many as 250 such allottees from Gurgaon, Delhi and other towns are yet to hear from HUDA that keeps demanding installments towards the cost of the plot regularly.
In its last draw of plots in Sector 57 held in 2004, HUDA had come out with around 3,000 plots of various sizes at the rates between Rs 3,780 and Rs 4,620 per square yard, depending on the size. But in a major goof up by the HUDA officials, they announced the plots for about 500 ‘successful’ applicants, whose plots did not physically exist in the said land or whose plot fell on the HUDA land that was already under litigation.
However, in a face-saving exercise, HUDA held a revised draw of plots for around 250 allottees in July 2009 and gave them plots in various sectors in lieu of their original allotment. However, the fate of about 250 of them is still undecided with HUDA not responding to them. Currently, the premium for the same plots in this sector hovers around Rs 30,000 to 40,000 per square yard.
Working with a private firm in Gurgaon at an average monthly salary of around Rs 15,000, Kumar had decided to hold the plot with him and construct a house. “I have been paying installments of Rs 1.25 lakh every year since 2004 which I have been managing out of my capacity. I have already borrowed Rs 4.3 lakh from my landlord in Faridabad where I live in a rented accommodation,” Kumar said.
There are many others like Kumar who are facing similar problems. For instance, Hari Om Sejwal (35), another affected allottee who lives in a rented accommodation in Sector 17 in Gurgaon, said that he was unhappy because of the apathy of HUDA officials.
An executive with a private firm in Gurgaon, Sejwal said, “I have been managing installments and paying it to HUDA somehow but am yet to get a definite reply on the allotment of my plot. We cannot afford to buy plots at the market price in Gurgaon.”
HUDA administrator Nitin Kumar Yadav said that the process of allotting the pending plots had begun and these allottees had been categorised in three slots. “First, there are plots which are caught in litigation, second are those which are encroached and third are the ones which have demarcation issues. We are going to start with the third category as demarcation issues can be immediately solved.”