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House allotment scam: Govt officials on radar

india Updated: Jun 22, 2011 23:18 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times

The district administration has detected large-scale irregularities in the allotment of houses to urban poor under the Kanshi Ram Shehri Gharib Awas Yojna.

As many as 11 houses have been sealed. Instructions have been issued to cancel some allotments. The chief development officer (CDO) is probing the role of government employees who "facilitated" houses to even those who were not eligible.

"During a surprise check in Sector 44, we found the same person was in possession of two units. In some cases, builders and security guards had grabbed houses. People have been allotted houses despite the fact that they were already in possession of more property elsewhere in the city," city magistrate Sanjay Chauhan said on Wednesday.

In violation of the allotment policy, some allottees have been found to have either sold their units or let tenants stay in them. Those found to be in illegal possession were ordered to vacate the houses.

The CDO has found more than 20 such cases during investigation. Legal action will be taken against persons concerned.

Authorities suspect similar anomalies have taken place in units located in Greater Noida as well. A crackdown has been launched there as well.

In the second phase (2009-10) of the scheme, the state government (UP Housing and Development Board), with help from local authorities, has constructed 500 houses each in Noida (Sector 44) and Greater Noida (Ghodi Bachheda). Destitute widows, the physically challenged and others living below the poverty line are allotted houses under the scheme. SC/ST families are given priority.

Under the third phase of the scheme, construction for as many units in both cities has also begun.

"The rackets have been found to be active with regard to even the third phase of the scheme. We will not spare anyone," the city magistrate said.