HC notices to state on house allotment by Parwanoo MC

Legal Correspondent

Shimla, October 31

The High Court yesterday issued notices to the Principal Secretary (Urban Development), Secretary, HIMUDA, and the Executive Officer of the Parwanoo Municipal Council (MC) in a matter related to the allotment of houses by the civic body in violation of rules.

Issuing notices, the court directed the authorities to file their replies within six weeks.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sabina, passed this order on a petition filed by Satish Berry. The petitioner stated that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation had formulated guidelines for the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme in 2008-2009 with an objective to strive for a holistic development of slums by providing adequate shelter and basic infrastructure facilities to slum dwellers.

He stated that about 192 families were identified in Parwanoo in 2013 and under the programme, 36 families were allotted flats in the first phase. The flats were completed in 2016. In 2017, 23 families were allotted flats in the second phase. Since 2017, 133 flats were lying vacant despite the fact that about 192 families were identified at the initial stage and about 88 to 98 applications were lying under consideration with the Municipal Council, Parwanoo, which were received in 2014 and 2015.

He alleged that as per rules of allotment, the person to whom the benefit is to be extended under the programme should not have a house. Besides, a certificate has to be issued by a competent authority and further the person to whom the benefit is to be extended should be residing in the MC area for the last 15 years.

However, he stated, the Parwanoo MC had not allotted flats in accordance with the rules and a pick-and-choose policy was adopted.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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