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‘Manual will help in tackling corruption in SRA projects’

Minister for Cooperatives Harshvardhan Patil said on Wednesday that a detailed manual would help in tackling complex issues pertaining to complaints of corruption and pressure tactics by builders in Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) schemes and proposed a joint meeting of the Cooperatives,Urban Development,Housing and Home departments under the CM.

Written by Express News Service | Published: March 22, 2012 1:24 am

Minister for Cooperatives Harshvardhan Patil said on Wednesday that a detailed manual would help in tackling complex issues pertaining to complaints of corruption and pressure tactics by builders in Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) schemes and proposed a joint meeting of the Cooperatives,Urban Development,Housing and Home departments under the CM.

The Legislative Assembly was discussing a case pertaining to the SRA project on a municipal plot in Mahalaxmi Dhobighat area,in which slumdwellers have stated that their consent to the redevelopment project was taken under political pressure.

“The issue pertains to multiple departments… Many cases are pending in high court and Supreme Court also,” said Harshvardhan Patil.

Stating that there are several instances wherein SRA schemes were stalled after slumdwellers gave consent to one builder and then to others stating that their earlier consent had been extracted under duress,Home Minister R R Patil said the lure of money has led to corruption.

He promised that a thorough investigation of the present case would be conducted and find out whether the slumdwellers were complaining against the builder under pressure from another builder or if their consent had indeed been extracted earlier under duress.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse suggested that videotaping interactions between builders and slumdwellers would be an effective means to ensure that they do not put pressure on slumdwellers to obtain their consent.

The Home Minister promised a probe within two months.

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