A Gurgaon resident, who had applied for a plot in 1986 from the Haryana urban development authority (Huda), is still living in the hope of owning the dream property as it remains mired in bureaucratic and legal wrangles.
The applicant’s hope hinges on whether his case reaches the Huda for final arbitration. If so, the matter will be heard by none other than Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in his capacity as the Huda chairman.
The case goes way back to 1986 when Raj Mangla applied for a 14-marla plot in Sector 23/ 23 A in the name of his wife Shashi. While the plot draw was being held, plot number 3753 was earmarked for the Manglas. However, much to their chagrin, the allotment letter was not issued for months and on enquiry, the applicant was told that the plot was mired in litigation and the owner had obtained stay from the high court.
“We were shocked to find that the Huda had earmarked a disputed piece of land for us. We’re even assured that the allotment would be made soon,” Mangla said. He said he kept writing to the authority, urging a quick resolution, but little came of it. Finally, in 1994, the Huda offered them a plot in Sector 10 A. However, the plot was not demarcated and even the allotment letter wasn’t issued, he said.
Thereafter, in 1999, the Huda allotted plot number 1957 in Sector 23/23 A to the Manglas but asked to deposit around Rs 70,000, the cost of the plot, before taking possession. “There was an illness in my family at the time because of which I couldn’t deposit the entire amount within the stipulated period of 3 months. However, I had deposited 90% of the cost through demand draft,” Mangla said.
However, the inability to deposit the entire amount within the stipulated time gave Huda the excuse to cancel their plot allotment. “We then moved the consumers’ forum, which ruled in our favour. However, the Huda filed an appeal with the state consumers’ commission. In 2011, the state consumers’ commission said the matter did not come within their jurisdiction and the case moved to the financial commissioner for arbitration. The latter rejected our appeal,” the applicant said.
Thereafter, the Manglas moved the high court and later, the Supreme Court, which referred the matter to Huda for consideration. “The chief minister, Huda, rejected our appeal saying he could not pardon a delay in payment of more than 150 days,” Mangla said, adding that their plea should not have been shot down and should, instead, have been referred to the chief minister, as he is the competent authority to deal with such cases.
“If the Huda could make me wait for 16 years for the plot, why couldn’t it pardon a delay (in payment) of 178 days on humanitarian grounds? The matter should, at least, be heard by the Huda chairman (chief minister). Justice should be done,” Mangla said.
Quizzed on the matter, Yashpal Yadav, Huda administrator, said all such cases where there has been an inordinate delay in the allotment of plots are being clubbed together and will be resolved expeditiously. “This particular case will be decided by our headquarters and whatever help the applicant needs will be provided. In some similar cases, we acted on priority,” Yadav said.