Hand over Possession, pleads plot holder
The fate of a plot purchased by a Class-I officer of the Punjab health services Dr Guriqbal Singh from the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) in an auction held on October 4, 2012, hangs in balance. Dr Guriqbal Singh, who had submitted Rs 19,78,908 in October 2012 to the JDA for plot number 180-A in Urban Estate Phase-2, which he was allotted in the auction, had failed to get the possession of the plot from the JDA even more than 14 months had passed.punjab Updated: Dec 04, 2013 19:14 IST
The fate of a plot purchased by a Class-I officer of the Punjab health services Dr Guriqbal Singh from the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) in an auction held on October 4, 2012, hangs in balance.
Dr Guriqbal Singh, who had submitted Rs 19,78,908 in October 2012 to the JDA for plot number 180-A in Urban Estate Phase-2, which he was allotted in the auction, had failed to get the possession of the plot from the JDA even more than 14 months had passed.
A power transformer was allegedly installed illegally in the plot at the time of the auction and the JDA had assured the buyer during the auction time that the possession would be handed over to him after shifting the transformer to its designated place.
HT inquiries revealed that the JDA deposited the necessary fees of Rs 47,623 on October 10, 2013, to shift the transformer to its designated place after getting a feasibility report from the Punjab State Power) Corporation (PSPCL). When the shifting was under process on November 27, a phone call from Anandpur Sahib MLA Daljit Singh Cheema reportedly stalled the proceedings.
"I have submitted the required sum of Rs 19,78,908 to the JDA and still there are no signs of possession. What is my fault? It is the responsibility of the JDA to give me the possession but they are expressing their helplessness," Dr Guriqbal Singh said.
Interestingly, the JDA held the auction for 232.13 sq m but on June 4, 2013 vide letter no EO/JDA/2013/2880 JDA informed the buyer that they had found that the actual area of the plot was 223 sq m and it was also assured that the amount paid in excess by the buyer would be adjusted in the installments amount.
"The reduction of the area had also affected my construction plans. The JDA should assure me the possession of land at the earliest," he demanded.
The transformer was there in the plot before the auction. As per the JDA site-plan, the transformer was installed on the side of plot number 181-A, on which a building has been constructed by a person close to Anandpur Sahib MLA. Using MLA's influence, he shifted the transformer to plot number 180-A, that too, without the consent of the JDA.
The owner of 181-A had been using the land chunk for vegetation purpose and the pillars of structure were covered by climber plants, HT team noticed.
The JDA chief administrator Jaskaran Singh, when contacted, said that the JDA had fulfilled all formalities to shift the transformer and submitted the necessary fee to the PSPCL. "We had issued a letter to the PSPCL to shift the transformer quickly otherwise legal liabilities would be thrown on the PSPCL if the resident approaches court," he said.
Chief engineer (north), PSPCL, Iqbal Singh Maan said, "A transformer is lying as abandoned for over a year. It is matter of grave concern. I will try to resolve the matter."
Meanwhile, Daljit Singh Cheema while confirming that he called the PSPCL authorities said, "I was approached by residents of 181-A with their problem and I called the PSPCL executive engineer to resolve the matter amicably. I am not aware that the work was stopped. The owner of the plot should not suffer and should be given the possession of the land after shifting the transformer to some mutually agreeable place. I am giving necessary instructions to the PSPCL authorities."