It appears strange, but it is true. The Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB) has allotted a sizeable chunk of the road to individuals in the MIG Colony of Kankarbagh in Patna. The matter came to light recently, thanks to the Right to Information Act.
The BSHB, however, admitted while replying to a query from an advocate, Shanti Pratap, under the RTI Act that a portion of
the road of plot No. MIG -361 and 458 had been allotted to the house-owners. But so far no action has been taken to restore the road width.
Even the officials responsible for this ‘illegal sale’ have not been taken to task. Former BSHB Managing Director Pradeep Kumar had given clear instruction to the Executive Engineer P N Choudhary on December 22 last that the road width of 40 feet should be restored at all cost but to no avail.
The engineer did not comply with the order but in a report submitted to the board accepted the fault.
According to the layout plan, the road has variable dimensions. At the turning it is 25.5 feet, gradually increasing to 29 feet, and finally to the original 40 feet.
Blaming the BSHB for inaction, Amit Upadhyay, advocate, told HT, “The matter should be probed. The Housing Board has already created enough mess by allotting plots in the name of kitchen gardens and allowing concrete construction. Several plots have sewerage pipes underneath, but now there are houses of powerful people on them,” he said, adding the board had devised a nomenclature of “chitput bhukhund” to sell vacant land to the powers- that-be even on drains.
The allotment of plot even violated resolution no.2 of the BSHB which clearly states that “chitput (stray) plot of land cannot be a part of the public road.