DESPITE A High Court stay not to proceed with the construction of the new Awadh Apartment block here in Gomti Nagar, the LDA has decided to go ahead and hold the lottery draw for the allotment of flats in the group housing project.
Interestingly enough, a government order also prohibits development authorities from going ahead the allotment process unless the scheme is fully developed.
ut unmindful of the bar, the LDA has decided to organise the lottery draw for the proposed block of the Awadh Apartment on December 7. Confirming this, an LDA officer, on condition of anonymity said that of the initial 25 odd applicants only 15 remained as the others had sought refund following the court and government order in the matter.
“The 12-storied apartment block would house 48 flats in two categories of Rs 28 lakh and Rs 22 lakh each,” informed the officer. We had received 19 bookings for the former and 6 against the latter, he said adding that around six-seven applicants backed out after the residents’ of the two existing blocks in the vicinity challenged the project in the court.
The HC stayed the project, when these residents alleged that the open space on which the construction of the new block was being undertaken by the LDA was reserved for recreational activities for the occupants of the existing blocks. “We were promised a swimming pool, a park and other civic amenities when we booked a flat under the scheme by the LDA,” said a bank officer, who lives in the block, requesting anonymity. He claimed that the cost of the open space on which the proposed project was to come up had already been charged from them by the LDA.
“Consequently, we were shocked when we heard that instead of delivering on its promise the development body intended to build another block on the open space,” he said. These residents initially tried to get the construction work stopped by holding a protest demonstration but when that failed to deter the LDA, they moved the court.
Lawyer Sandip Dixit, who challenged the LDA move on behalf some of these residents in the court, said that there was no change or modification in the stay ordered by the High Court in the case. “Perhaps LDA wants to create a third party right by carrying out the allotments and then getting the allotees to imp lead themselves as also an affected party in the case,” he pointed out.