CBI probe in SRA scam: Legislators Committee
The Committee led by legislator Vallabh Benke (NCP) come down heavily on SRA schemes in its report, writes Ketaki Ghoge.india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 21:41 IST
For the DF government it's a loss of face once again. After the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) found irregularities in the two-multi crore SRA schemes, it's the turn of the state legislative committee to point out the gaping loop-holes in its housing policy for the poor.
The Estimates Committee made of 29 legislators in its 9th report on state housing policies has called for a CBI probe into the over 750 SRA projects.
The Committee led by legislator Vallabh Benke (NCP) came down heavily on SRA schemes in its report terming it as the "policy of the builders for the builders."
Private developers owe the government over Rs 24 crore in the projects carried out through Shiv Shahi Prakalp (SSP) till 1999 by the earlier saffron government. The report has called for a time bound strategy to ensure this money is collected from these defaulters.
The report also pointed out large-scale irregularities in Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) including illegal occupants, increasing interference of middlemen.
"The new buildings constructed through Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board (MBRSE) have around 300 illegal occupants'', notes the report.
Benke said, "These breaches would not have been possible without the knowledge of the officials here.''
The same problem exists in transit camps built for residents of tenanted and old buildings.
The report also calls for serious action against middlemen in the MHADA. MHADA has even initiated a secret undercover report on such middlemen and so far complaints have been filed against four such persons.
The report has called for a stringent action saying the MHADA action is not sufficient and that such people should be blacklisted and their names published in leading dailies.
First Published: Dec 08, 2006 21:41 IST