But what?s this, boss? | india | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jul 21, 2017-Friday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

But what?s this, boss?

EVER SINCE the controversy over 28 out-of-turn allotments of plots in posh Vipul Khand area of Gomti Nagar reached the Supreme Court, the LDA decided to go by the book in all its future allotment of properties. Right? Wrong.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 18:34 IST

EVER SINCE the controversy over 28 out-of-turn allotments of plots in posh Vipul Khand area of Gomti Nagar reached the Supreme Court, the LDA decided to go by the book in all its future allotment of properties. Right? Wrong.

Direct allotment of, at least, two flats in Nehru Enclave are a case in point. And you thought that the authorities had cancelled all recent allotments with the announcement that fresh bookings under the scheme would be opened from August 17. Sample this: Flat number 19 in Rupayan block was allotted to one Medha Singh on June 30. Likewise, another flat (number 106) in Vatayan category was allotted to Kumud Singh as early as July 15!

Now, the LDA maintains that direct allotment of property was never banned. In fact, it was up to  the vice chairman, who still reserved the sole right to exercise this prerogative as per his picking on a case-to-case basis. “Since there were hardly any takers for flats in the colony, the direct allotments are justified,” explained a property officer. If such is the case, why is the civic authority going in for bookings? There are no answers.

The authorities, it appears, have been unable to evolve a cogent policy on the manner in which they finally intend to dispose off the vacant Enclave properties.

According to sources, it was only May, that the department invited applications under the scheme to sell off the flats. “Subsequently, a lottery draw was held on May 24 in which 24 flats were allotted in the scheme,” said an official. This included 12 Premayan –I type flats, two Premayan-II category and 10 Pushpayan type of flats in the Enclave. While the allotment in the first two category was hundred percent, the LDA received applications in excess of the number of flats available under the Pushpayan category, according to the official. So much for the theory of their being no takers for the property.