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GDA smells a rat in Rs 190 cr tenders for housing scheme

india Updated: Jul 15, 2012 00:59 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The Ghaziabad Development Authority is probing tenders floated for the R190-crore project of electrification at the proposed Madhuban Bapudham scheme near NH-58.

The tenders were floated in 2009 well before the authority had acquired sufficient land for the residential scheme. The tenders were meant for laying underground cables and installing electric sub-stations. Not only did the authority floated the tenders in a haste, equipment worth several lakh of rupees, which was bought for the project, has been lying unused at two sites at Govindpuram and Nehru Nagar.

According to officials, around 40 per cent of the land for the 1,200-acre housing scheme is either under litigation or the farmers are yet to enter an agreement with the authority. Although efforts were made to expedite the electrification work before the UP assembly elections in 2011, only four out of eight proposed 33KV sub-stations under the scheme are presently under development.

GDA officials confirmed to Hindustan Times that the authority is now probing the 'urgency' for floating of the

tenders even when a major portion of land was yet to be acquired. Sources have also said that the probe will also reveal what was the quantum of land actually available with the authority when the tenders were floated.

"The equipment is now GDA's property and our inquiry will find out why these tenders were floated. Everything related to these tenders is being verified by our senior officials and a report is expected in a week," said GDA vice-chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav.

Yadav said the authority was looking into the possibilities of utilizing the equipment for upgrading other sub-stations.

Under the Madhuban Bapudham scheme around 23,000 housing-units are proposed to be constructed over 1200 acres. During 2011, around 243 plots from the scheme were allotted to the MLAs and MLCs of Uttar Pradesh.