The UT Estate Office sealed two booths at Krishna Market on Thursday after it was found that it was tenants, and not the original allottees who were operating from there. The sealing followed a survey conducted in the market a few days back.
Assistant Estate Officer Rahul Gupta said, “Several people who were managing the booths said that they did not know the original allottee. It is the tenants who are managing the booths. In some cases, the booths seem to have changed hands a number of times. While two booths were sealed on Thursday, more will be sealed on Friday.”
Krishna Market was constructed for the rehabilitation of rehriwallas, who were identified in a survey. It has been under the scanner since the booth allotment scam came to light in 2011.
In a report, former additional deputy commissioner P S Shergill had said that the allotment was erroneous, and officials of the Estate Office, police personnel and political leaders were involved. Also, contrary to the terms of allotment, booths had been rented out and sold. But the administration took little action.
During the recent survey, which was conducted by teams from the Estate Office, the identity of the owners was checked. The officials questioned those who were present at the booths to ascertain whether they were the original allottees. The survey brought out anomalies in allotment and building violations.
Meanwhile, the Estate Office opened the two sites in Industrial Area which were sealed on Wednesday. One of these was Harmony Honda, a dealership of Honda cars. The sites had been sealed after violations in building bylaws were found during inspection conducted about a fortnight back. The owners were told about the violations that needed to be removed. The Estate Office is also examining the violations in Elante Mall, for which a resumption notice is likely to be sent.