Getting possession of a duplex flat allotted to him by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has become a headache for a doctor from Hapur. Though the Shastri Nagar flat was allotted to Dr Narendra Mohan Singh in 2008 and registered in his name in February 2016, the orthopaedic surgeon is unable to move into the flat as it is locked and has a nameplate that bears the name of an Uttar Pradesh police officer.
Narendra Mohan Singh’s case is now being pursued with the GDA by his brother Dr Yogesh Singh.
“The flat is locked and bears the nameplate of a UP police officer. We paid over `20 lakh for the allotment and also other charges. We got the registry of the flat done in February 2016, but are unable to get the possession despite nearly 10 visits to the GDA office and other officials. They keep seeing that the lock will be broken in the presence of police personnel and a magistrate otherwise they may land up in legal trouble,” said Yogesh Singh.
“When we went to the flat few months back, it was locked. But we could see some household items inside and a nameplate outside. Some residents of the area told us that the flat has been locked for a long time. We have even met the city magistrate in this regard,” Singh said.
The flat also has an unauthorised electricity connection from a power line passing from there. The flat also has a cable TV connection.
Singh’s family said, following their repeated pleas, the GDA recently published a public notice about the flat.
Last week, Yogesh Singh met GDA secretary Ravindra Godbole with all documents of the flats. On Monday, he also met GDA vice-chairman Vijay Kumar Yadav, who assured him of all help in getting the possession of the flat in 10 days.
Godbole said, “We have sought 10-day time, after which we will get the flat unlocked in the presence of a magistrate and hand over the possession to the allottee. The flat was allotted to the applicant and is registered in his name. Once the registry is done, it becomes the responsibility of the authority to ensure the possession for the allottee.”
Official sources said complaints of vacant flats belonging to the authority being occupied illegally are not uncommon. They say that several flats have been occupied illegally in Kaushambi. In a recent case, an allottee had to move court to get possession of his property.
According to officials, an allottee is entitled to the possession of a house after registry. After registration, the property department sends a request to the engineering department to hand over the possession to the allotee. At the property department, a possession memo is prepared, which is signed by two witnesses. The present status of the property is also noted down.