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More bones tumble out of housing scheme for urban poor closet

india Updated: Jun 27, 2011 00:21 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times
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When the administration on Tuesday began verifying the allotment of houses under the Kanshi Ram Shehri Gharib Awas Yojna, it basically looked at "tightening a few loose ends".

But preliminary investigations have set the alarm bells ringing. Officials have stumbled upon a huge scam in this scheme meant for the urban poor. Despite indications of their involvement, no government employee or racketeer has been arrested as of now.

After sealing 11 houses in Noida on Tuesday, the administration has pasted notices on 17 more units in the twin cities. In the event of no satisfactory reply, these houses will be sealed and the allotments cancelled.

The administration has constructed 500 houses each in Noida (Sector 44) and Greater Noida (Ghodi Bachheda).

The chief development officer (CDO) is probing the role of government employees and organised rackets who "facilitated" houses to those who were not eligible.

On Friday, the administration lodged an FIR against a woman, Khush Nawaj. She has been charged with using forged documents to get a flat in her name.

The administration has found one person in possession of more than one unit. In some cases, unauthorised persons have grabbed houses. People have been allotted houses despite having landed property in the city.

People were found to have violated the allotment policy. "Some allottees were found to have either sold their units or rented them," said an official.

Construction for 1,000 more units in both the cities has also begun. "Racketeers are eyeing these houses too. We will not spare anyone," city magistrate Sanjay Chauhan said.