Gurgaon: Man accuses Huda of favouring senior bureaucrat in plot allotment issue
The complainant said he and the senior bureaucrat had obtained plots of 500 square yards each through an open draw in 2004 in Gurgaon’s Sector 57gurgaon Updated: Jul 09, 2017 23:54 IST
A 61-year-old Gurgaon resident has accused the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) of giving undue favour to a senior IAS officer in Haryana government in a plot allotment issue. He said the law stipulates that all stakeholders in a land allotment process have to be treated equally.
Hemant Kumar, the complainant, and the senior bureaucrat had obtained plots of 500 square yards each in ordinary category (O) through an open draw in 2004 in Gurgaon’s Sector 57. They paid 10% of the plot rates at the time of applying for the same. As per rule, Huda had to generate user IDs and passwords for successful allottees for processing further payments.
“After the draw, we waited for the Huda to generate user ID and password for making further payments online. We had to pay another 15% of the plot rates online to get possession. We kept visiting the Huda officials all these years, as we wanted to pay 15% of the rates to secure our plots. Finally, we managed to pay the amount in 2017. However, possession was still not guaranteed and we kept battling for it,” Kumar said, adding that three applicants, including himself, the senior IAS and another resident had been deprived of possession.
Kumar said, “In 2014, we moved Punjab and Haryana High Court. On the court’s direction, Huda allotted plots to three of us in Sector 51. We all had objections over the new location. This was when the Huda and senior Haryana government officials played a preferential (P-category) role by deciding to change the site from Sector 51 to Sector 43, along Golf Course Road, to favour the bureaucrat”.
He said this was clearly against the rule and there are documents to prove it. He said they have appealed to the Haryana government to change location and ensure possession at the earliest, as it’s been 13 long years.
Kumar had applied for a 1-kanal plot in Sector 57 as part of a Huda scheme and was chosen for allotment by the authority.
Kumar is not waging a lone battle, as 150 more residents are also struggling to get possession of the plots allotted to them.
Vivek Kalia, estate officer (EO-II), Huda, said, “Sector 57 plot allotment issue has remained a chronic problem for Huda. An audit of Sector 57 has been undertaken. My foremost priority as an estate officer is to resolve the issue as allottees have been frequently visiting this office for their rightful possession of plots. We have prepared a list of alternate plots.”