CRACKING THE whip following complaints of corruption by officials involved in slum redevelopment projects, Slum Redevelopment Authority’s (SRA) Chief Executive Officer, Deepak Kapoor, has stripped some powers enjoyed by his subordinates.
In orders issued on November 4 — a copy of which is with The Indian Express — Kapoor has withdrawn the power of SRA’s executive engineers to issue and revoke stop work notices to building projects. “The powers of issuing stop work notice and revoking the stop work notice will be with the SRA CEO. Earlier, it was with the executive engineers,” the order letter stated.
A senior official said the authority had received several complaints regarding irregularities in SRA schemes, which have allegedly seen the involvement of engineers and other SRA officials.
When contacted, Kapoor said that from now on, he will be responsible for issuing or revoking stop work notices to any project. “Complaints have been received against the executive engineers, following which the decision was taken,” he added.
“Most of the SRA schemes are stuck due to lack of transparency. At times, engineers who are favourable to developers do not entertain complaints by slum dwellers about not being paid rent by the builders. With grievances not being resolved in time, several projects are delayed,” said housing expert Ramesh Prabhu.