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LDA caught between devil & deep blue sea

IT?S A tough choice to make for the LDA. On one hand, it runs the risk of facing contempt proceedings if it does not comply with the commission?s order, on the other, doing so could land it into trouble with its allottees. At stake is the order of the inquiry commission headed by retired Justice RH Zaidi, asking LDA to furnish before it all files related to the allotments of plots done by it since 1975.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 04:52 IST

IT’S A tough choice to make for the LDA. On one hand, it runs the risk of facing contempt proceedings if it does not comply with the commission’s order, on the other, doing so could land it into trouble with its allottees.

At stake is the order of the inquiry commission headed by retired Justice RH Zaidi, asking LDA to furnish before it all files related to the allotments of plots done by it since 1975. The State Government, it maybe recalled, had set up a one-man probe panel on September 6, last year, post-Vipul Khand plots allotment controversy, to probe into the procedure followed by development authorities and UP Avas Evam Vikas Parishad (UPAVP) in the allotment of residential plots.

Though the LDA has already submitted over 4,723 files pertaining to allotted residential plots for scrutiny, the commission, whose tenure was extended for another six months on March 6, however, is far from convinced. It is reportedly unwilling to examine these files till the LDA makes available to it property records of all residential plots allotted by it so far.

The LDA, however, has expressed its inability to comply with the commission’s communiqué in this connection, as it would inconvenience a lot of allottees and affect the department’s functioning adversely. Consequently, the development agency has urged that instead of in one-go, it should be allowed to hand over these files in a phased manner to the Commission.

In an affidavit, LDA VC BB Singh has stated that on an average the department deals with 4,000 files per month related to residential properties. “If all the available files are handed over to the honorable commission for inquiry in one stretch then the department would be unable to process the various applications of the allottees/owners it receives till the files are returned by the commission. This may cause public inconvenience as well as law and order problem in the State capital,” he said.

To buttress his claim, the LDA VC has pointed out that already 253 such applications from allottees/plot owners are pending before it as the files related to them have been sent to the Commission. Ironically, the files of 28 plots allotted directly in Vipul Khand that also figures as one of the terms of reference for the inquiry, have already been sent back to LDA by the Commission as a PIL in the matter is pending before the Supreme Court.