Odisha News Insight

Land Grab: BDA cancels 11 Allotments, Vigilance files 24 cases

OdishaBhubaneswar, 16th April: ​Implementation of the recommendations of Task Force Committee on plot/house allotment in BDA and CDA area has been put on track with Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Parsad Padhi reviewing the progress in the matter in a high level meeting held in secretariat conference hall Saturday wherein Director General vigilance Dr. R.P. Sharma, Principal Secretary General Administration Sri G.V.V. Sarma along with Secretary Housing & Urban Development Sri G. Mathivathanan outlined the issues for discussion.

Reviewing the progress Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed concerned departments and agencies to complete the assigned tasks within 3 months.

​Replying to a media quarry after the meeting, Principal Secretary Sri Sarma said that General Administration department had issued the modalities for implementation of the recommendations of the task force committee on 6th May, 2015. Accordingly, respective departments and agencies like BDA, CDA, Odisha State Housing Board, vigilance and Finance have started implementing the recommendations as approved by the Govt.

​Available data shows so far BDA has cancelled 11 allotments and issued 732 show cause notices against which 653 replies have been received. Similarly, Vigilance department has taken up examination of fraudulent practice and criminal intentions in the transactions and have registered 24 cases out of which 8 belong to Odisha State Housing Board, 7 belong to Cuttack Development Authority area and 9 belong to Bhubaneswar Development Authority area. CDA has also issued 1091 show cause notices against which 914 replies have been received.

So far, the enquiry committee has recommended 8 cases in CDA area for cancellation. OSHB has issueed 90 show cause notices. The received replies are being examined as per the provisions of the various schemes and legal stipulations. Apart from this, Finance Department is also preparing a data base of the left out cases from 1.1.1995 onwards.

Chief Secretary advised the investigating authorities to give adequate chance of hearing to the allottees as per the principles of natural justice. It was decided that all concerned agencies shall complete the tasks assigned to them within three months.

​Vice Chairman BDA Sri Kishan Kumar, Special Secretary Finance Sri Biraj Kumar Das, Collector Cuttack Sri Nirmal Chandra Mishra along with senior officers from BDA,CDA Odisha State Housing Board and Vigilance participated in the discussion.