After a High Court-appointed committee on Monday inspected and approved the draw of lots for a residential housing scheme, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Noida Authority announced the draw would be held in November.
The draw of this 2004 housing scheme was first held on July 2, 2005. However, it was cancelled on July 4, 2005 after complaints of mass rigging, since the successful candidates were allegedly only politicians, bureaucrats and influential people.
CEO Mahinder Singh told Hindustan Times, “Redraw would be held through manual draw process and will spread to four days –– November 4, 5, 6 and 8. Complete transparency has been planned for the whole thing.”
“Since plots in Sector 43 and 117 plots in Sector 44 and Sector 50 are unavailable, the Authority has decided to compensate it with equal plots in Sector 99,” he added.
Successful candidates of the 2004 draw will also be eligible for the fresh draw, but if they are successful again, they would be allotted their plots only after the CBI inquiry is done and after the court pronounces its judgement, Singh added.
The residential scheme for 1,250 plots was floated on November 8, 2004, with 625 plots for the reserved category and 625 for general category in 14 sectors. There were about 1.67 lakh applicants under the scheme.
On July 2, 2005 computerised draw was held. After complaints of mass rigging, the draw was cancelled by the then Chairman Deo Datta.
Applicants moved the Allahabad High Court, which ordered a fresh manual draw and constituted a two-member committee. The court also ordered a CBI inquiry into the draw.
The court has given approval to the Authority to charge current rates of allotment, which are thrice the land rates of the original 2004 scheme.
Meanwhile, a CBI inquiry has been going on in the bungling, to expose the political-bureaucrat nexus responsible for the scam.