A staggering number of 3,654 houses and commercial sites of the total 13,666 houses and sites given to poor people for their rehabilitation have been illegally resold. A survey conducted by the Chandigarh Administration of all the rehabilitated colonies in the city has revealed that 26.74 per cent of the houses and sites given for rehabilitation have been illegally disposed of by the poor owners.
This was conveyed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the Chandigarh Administration,during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL). Appalled,the high court has asked the administration to look into the matter and take effective action against the guilty. The court has also asked the administration to frame a policy,so that such fraud does not take place in future.
Senior standing counsel for UT Administration Sanjay Kaushal apprised the division bench,comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain,that after disposing of the houses given to them,the original owners had again shifted to some colonies. He added that these houses and commercial sites had exchanged hands.
As directed by the high court,the administration surveyed 11 rehabilitated colonies located in Sectors 25,26 (BDC),29,30,32,37,38,Charan Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran,Khuda Lahora,Dadumajra Colony and Ram Darbar.
The survey revealed that in the 11 rehabilitated colonies,13,233 houses were given,of which 3,558 were been found to be resold. Of the 433 commercial sites given in such colonies,96 stand resold. A survey was initiated by the administration,pursuant to the high court directions issued on December 1,2012.
Data furnished by the administration in the high court revealed that maximum houses had been sold illegally in Ram Darbar. Of the 1,507 houses allotted,574 were resold. Charan Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran has the second maximum illegal resale of houses and Sector-25 colony ranks third in the list.
An affidavit was filed by Rahul Gupta,Assistant Estate Officer,Chandigarh. The high court had directed the administration to conduct a survey and take action against those who were illegally occupying tenements and transit accommodation in such colonies.
On the last date of hearing,the UT counsel had informed the court that eviction notices were issued to the occupants,after which the administration had approached the district courts.