Sixty-year-old Hemant Kumar’s quest for a Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) plot, for which he had applied in 2004, is proving to be unending despite intervention of the high court. After being forced to run from pillar to post for the last 13 years, Kumar has turned an RTI activist.
Kumar says the bureaucratic red tape has managed to hoodwink him every time it appeared that his dream plot was within his reach.
Kumar applied for a 1-kanal plot in Sector 57 in a Huda scheme and he was chosen for the allotment by the authority. “My name was in the list and I was apprised of the same by Huda officials but there has been no allotment by the department,” Kumar said. While rest of the applicants were given allotment letters, Kumar was not issued a letter despite repeated reminders, he said.
Thereafter, Kumar has been writing letters to Huda administrators in Chandigarh and Gurgaon, and to estate officers but to no avail. “Huda officials admitted that a plot had to be allotted to me but did nothing to help. My name was included in the subsequent draws but nothing came out of them,” he said.
Kumar has now started filing RTI applications to get details about what happened but failed to get information. “I asked them about details of the applicants who were given allotment letters and possession but nothing was revealed,” he said.
He was announced the winner in a plot draw held by the Huda in February 2014 but still nothing came his way. Exasperated, Kumar approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking closure of his unending ordeal at the hand of the authority.
After hearing his petition, a bench of the high court in December, 2015, directed the Huda to consider and decide, the representation within three months. “Even after these directions, there has been no response except some assurances from officials. I have now approached the court and filed a contempt petition,” Kumar said.
On the other hand, Tarun Kumar Pawaria, Huda estate officer II, in his letter on May 18, 2016 states: “The allotment of plot to Hemant Kumar could not happen because the plot under question was under litigation. The non-availability of 1-kanal plot also ensured that the applicant could not be allotted a plot in subsequent draws. Again, a plot was allotted to the applicant in February 2014 but again, the plot was found to be under litigation. Thereafter, the allottees of disputed plots have been asked to apply again and the case would be decided accordingly.”
Referring to the letter, Kumar said many such futile promises were made.
Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said that he had personally heard the appeal of the applicant and directed the estate office to resolve the matter on merit. “The urban authority works for people and not otherwise, and I assure that this matter would be resolved within two weeks,” Yadav said.