Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Housing units on shamlat land being sold, inquiry marked

Smriti Sharma Vasudeva : Chandigarh, Tue Jan 01 2013, 23:39 hrs

The illegal sale of housing units on shamlat land, with hints of a possible land scam, has caught the attention of the UT officials who have now marked an inquiry to the UT police into it. 
Taking note of the alleged sale racket run by three contractors who “sold” out dwelling units of varying sizes, including two rooms, single room etc on Shamlat land in Dhanas village after taking money of amount between Rs 30,000 - 50,000, the Deputy Commissioner marked an inquiry to the UT police. 
The alleged nexus recently caught the attention of the authorities after a team of the UT estate office and the Land Acquisition office went to carry out a demolition drive for razing the marble market in the area. 
Several residents of the same area including Raj Samuel, Subey Singh, Hari Krishan, Davinder Singh and others handed over a complaint to the officials there stating that they have paid Rs 30,000 each for a house in the illegal colony. They stated in the letter that they paid the amount after they were “assured” by the sellers that “nobody will move them from their houses”. 
Sensing a bigger scam behind this, the Deputy Commissioner cum UT Estate officer on Monday forwarded the complaint letter which mentions the names of three persons who have been taking money to the SSP, UT Police to enquire into the matter and take appropriate action. The complaint letter, also with the Land Acquisition officer Tilak Raj, mentions the names of Ravinder and two others as the ones behind the illegal sale. 
Speaking with Chandigarh Newsline, DC Mohammad Shayin said, “We have marked an inquiry to the UT police into the allegations of selling land illegally. Also, since the entire colony has come up on the government land and some of the occupants have stay orders from the court, we will also try to get the stay vacated,” he added. 
As per the complaint which has been sent to office of the DC, these houses, over 60 of them have come up in the recent past on the land measuring five acres. 
The complaint also states that besides the lump-sum amount paid by ever occupant, the contractor who manages the entire housing is also taking a rent of Rs 600 from each occupant. 

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