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More skeletons unearthed in Noida’s housing plan scam

About five months after the district administration sealed 11 flats built in Noida’s sector 45 under Kanshi Ram Shehri Gharib Awas Yojna following detection of irregularities in allotment, eight fresh complaints have surfaced.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2011 00:13 IST
Darpan Singh

About five months after the district administration sealed 11 flats built in Noida’s sector 45 under Kanshi Ram Shehri Gharib Awas Yojna following detection of irregularities in allotment, eight fresh complaints have surfaced.

The complaints say one flat has been allotted to more than one person. Some flats have been allotted to people “who are not actually poor”. A team headed by the chief development officer (CDO) is probing the matter.

“Of the 1,000 flats constructed in the district at two locations, 500 were allotted in June. In October, another 500 flats were allotted. The fresh complaints pertain to the new allotments,” the official said.

The project aimed at providing urban poor with low-cost homes. But some flats have allegedly been allotted to people, who already own property in Noida. Despite indications of their involvement, action has not been taken against any government employees or racketeers.

The administration had constructed 500 houses each in Noida (Sector 45) and Greater Noida (Ghodi Bachheda). During the crackdown early this year, the administration found one person in possession of more than one unit. In some cases, unauthorised persons were found to have grabbed houses. Some allottees were also found to have either sold their units or rented them.

Construction for 1,000 more units in both the cities has also begun. “Racketeers are eyeing these houses too. We will not spare anyone,” said a senior official. The administration earlier admitted it was also probing the role of government employees who “facilitated” houses to even those who were not eligible.

Destitute widows, physically challenged and others living below the poverty line are allotted houses under the scheme. SC/ST families are given priority.