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Big shots on Nehru Enclave defaulters? list

THE CAT is finally out of the bag. The LDA list of Nehru Enclave defaulters is ready. And a look at the names only confirms what was always suspected but suppressed deliberately by vested interest. From a former judge of the Allahabad High Court, a prominent political leader, a dozen engineers of the LDA, a member of the fourth estate right down to the driver of the LDA vice chairman, the enclave seems to be the favourite address for all.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 01:27 IST

THE CAT is finally out of the bag. The LDA list of Nehru Enclave defaulters is ready. And a look at the names only confirms what was always suspected but suppressed deliberately by vested interest. From a former judge of the Allahabad High Court, a prominent political leader, a dozen engineers of the LDA, a member of the fourth estate right down to the driver of the LDA vice chairman, the enclave seems to be the favourite address for all.

No wonder the development agency officials were tying themselves up in knots by giving contradictory and often false statement over their inability to initiate action against both the defaulters as well as illegal occupants of the colony.

Ironically, after depositing the initial booking amount, some of these high-profile allottees like Justice (retd) Polak Basu and Congress leader Pramod Tiwari seem to have simply forgotten that they also have a flat each in their name in the colony.

While Justice Basu, now chairman of the State Commission, has paid Rs 60,000 against flat number Rupayan-50 allotted to him on August 7, 2004, Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari, who was allotted Rupayan-183 on February 25, 1992, has deposited just Rs 30,000. By LDA’s estimate, the value of these flats is over Rs 14 lakh each. The story is the same in the case of Rupayan-51, whose allottee Saurabh Basu, is the nephew of Justice Basu.

“It’s an excessive price. When I went to see the flat that was allotted to me, I discovered that someone was already living there. Besides, it was in a mess, the plaster was peeling of the walls that had developed cracks, the flat was simply uninhabitable,” said Justice Basu when contacted by Hindustan Times. “About 8 or 10 months back I wrote to the LDA asking them to do the necessary repairs and tell me the amount to be paid by me but they never got back,” he said.

“Today I am living in a house for which I am paying Rs 6,000 rent per month,” he added.

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari was not available for comments.

When asked about the department’s next move now that the door-to-door survey and list was ready, LDA vice chairman BB Singh said, “We are going to publish the list in newspapers in a couple of days after which appropriate action would be taken against them.” He said a list of the LDA officials, who were living illegally in these flats had been sent for necessary action to secretary housing, who had raised the issue in the recent LDA Board meeting.

The enclave, according to sources in the LDA, has a total of 119 big defaulters,who together owe a whopping Rs 5.70 crore to the LDA. “This is just the principal amount, which doubles up when you add 16 per cent interest that we charge for not making the payment within the due date,” said an LDA officer.

The maximum number of defaulters (44) are in the upmarket Rupayan section of the enclave followed by 11 in Vatayan, 34 in Pushpayan and 30 in Premayan block.                

As for the illegal occupants, the LDA VC said a couple of Lucknow University Students’ leaders, who had occupied flats in the colony, had come to meet him recently.        

“I told them that they would have to pay up and if they could not afford to deposit the entire amount in one-go, then after making a down payment, they would have to furnish an affidavit for paying the balance amount within a stipulated time,” he said.

Sources in the department said of the total 804 flats in the enclave,possession of only 411 was given by the LDA.

They said illegal occupants, ncluding anti-social elements, still occupied some 124 flats in the colony that included 23 in Rupayan block, 24 in Vatayan, 57 in Pushpayan and 20 in Premayan category.

Besides, this they said there were another 110 flats that were presently vacant but under the lock and key of unidentified persons.

They included 19 in Rupayan, 15 in Vatayan, 45 in Pushpayan and 31 in Premayan block.