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IDA chairman seeks Lokayukta probe, suspension of officials

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 16:18 IST
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THE IMBROGLIO over the Indore Development Authority (IDA) Scheme No 132, reportedly the reason for Director, Town and Country Planning SN Mishra being eased out of his post, may soon result in more heads being rolled.

It may be noted that the Town Planning department approved 21 site plans covering 120 acres of land that had already been earmarked for development by the Authority under Scheme 132.

All 21 plans were cancelled at a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary, Housing and Environment PD Meena yesterday.
Now, IDA Chairman Madhu Verma has written to the government demanding a Lokayukta probe into the matter.

In a missive to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Minister, Housing and Environment Jayant Malaya and Principal Secretary, PD Meena the Chairman has demanded the suspension of officials involved in okaying the plans.

He further called for departmental inquiries to be initiated against the errant officials and called for strict action, including termination of services, to be initiated against those found guilty.

When contacted Verma confirmed reports of the missive. “I have written to the State government demanding the strictest action against Town Planning officials who cleared the site plans even after the IDA had issued a notification expressing its intention to acquire the land for Scheme 132”, the Chairman told the Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das is yet to submit a report on Scheme 132 that was sought by the State government.

According to sources the delay has been caused as the Collectorate and other departments are still to submit the required information.

Das, himself, however, refused to comment on the matter saying “I’m busy at the moment” and would comment tomorrow. Meanwhile, freed from the fetters imposed by the Town Planning department work has speeded up on Scheme 132.

“The claims and objections process has already been completed and the Authority is hard at the land acquisition process”, revealed a senior IDA official.

Controversy reaches Delhi
The controversy over Scheme 132 has now reached the corridors of power in Delhi. Mmember of Parliament Obaidullah Azmi today met Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken to lobby for stalling the Scheme’s implementation. Azmi, accompanied by representative Tariq Khan, pointed out that Scheme 132 would lead to the demolition of 10,000 houses in Khajrana locality all of which have been duly approved by the Town and Country Planning department.

Giving the go-ahead to the scheme would render homeless thousands of people in Baba Farid Nagar, Zakaria Colony and Habib Colony who had saved all their lives to build their modest sized dwellings. It would also have an adverse effect on certain places of worship, he added. The MP also forwarded a letter by Residents’ Welfare Associations of affected areas to Maken which demanded that the Centre ascertain all the legalities and carry out a physical survey of the site before agreeing to grant any fiscal assistance for Scheme 132.

According to Tariq Khan the Union Minister has taken a serious note of the matter and his attitude has raised hopes of a fresh round of public hearings on the issue of land acquisition. Meanwhile, documents and satellite images of thousands of houses built on the land proposed for acquisition have already made their way to Delhi and there is a possibility that the matter might be raised in Parliament.