HIGHLIGHTING THAT the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) should follow a uniform pattern across the state for auctions, members of Haryana Property Dealers Association have demanded that HUDA should hold a draw of lots instead of e-auction for residential properties in Panchkula.
In a letter written to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the members of the association stated that HUDA was allegedly adopting double norms in allotting residential plots in different districts of the state.
“Residential plots were available for Bahadurgarh, Pehowa and Hathin by way of public draw. However, the plots available at Panchkula are through e-auction. This clearly depicts the double policy of HUDA,” said Suresh Aggarwal, president, Haryana State Property Dealers Association, alleging that this would benefit the creamy layer.
As many as 43 residential sites have been selected in Panchkula by HUDA for e-auction. It is for the first time that e-auction will take place for residential sites in Haryana, as earlier it was through manual bidding. The registration process has started and interested residents can apply till 5 pm on October 25.
Another member, R K Arora, said that HUDA was to provide plots for housing to the masses on a no-profit-no-loss basis. “These are leftover properties. By going for e-auction only, the creamy layer will be benefited, thereby defeating the basic purpose of formation of HUDA. By e-auction, HUDA is acting like a real-estate agent,” he said.
The members requested the Chief Minister to intervene and ask HUDA to adopt earlier practice of allotting residential plots through general draw only. “There will be wider participation and the money so received will be available for other developmental works for at least six months without interest,” said the members.
There are 14 sites in Sector 2, 11 sites in Sector 4, one site each in Sector 7 and Sector 9 and 16 sites in Sector 12. The e-auction is scheduled for October 27 from 9 am onwards.