Uppal Housing Society issue: Councillors question Chandigarh MC inaction

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2016 11:49 IST

Even though then joint commissioner Kamlesh Kumar in a report in April 2011 clearly stated that Uppal Housing Society has neither constructed houses for economically weaker section, nor they can be constructed now as four bedroom flats have been constructed on the land earmarked for the purpose. It is more than five years and the MC kept sitting on the file.

Former Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma, who had also raised the issue in the House, said officials take no time in taking action against common man, but since officials were hand in gloves with the builder in this case, so nothing has been done in such a serious issue. “What kept the MC from not taking any action on Kamlesh’s report?” he questioned.

However, MC commissioner B Purushartha said, “I have already asked for the file on March 8. If MC officials are found guilty, strict action will be taken against them.”

For mer mayor Subhash Chawla said, “It is a matter of investigation that why the MC House and officials were quiet for five years after the report was submitted by Kamlesh Kumar in 2011. It is clear that the builder violated the terms and conditions of the MC House. It is a serious question that despite the UT administration estate office getting five more years to construct the EWS houses, nothing has been done to date.

The issue, which has been pending with the UT vigilance department for the past four years, came up in the MC House on February 29 when BJP councillor Satish Kainth wrote a letter to the MC, seeking the status of EWS flats at the housing society.

The MC House meeting in August 2002 had approved that 15% houses will be constructed for EWS as part of the project. But surprisingly, when the MC officials advertised for auction in October 2005, they did mention the EWS houses. Most of the officials under question are either retired or have been transferred.

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