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Monday, June 16 1997

HUDA cancels plots allotted by Bansi Lal

Hitender Rao

PANCHKULA, June 15: The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has issued cancellation notices to about 200 people who were allotted residential plots under Haryana Chief Minister Bansi Lal's discretionary quota in Panchkula.

The move follows the March 21 order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, ruling that all the plots allotted under the Chief Minister's discretionary quota after October 31, 1989 should be declared illegal.

HUDA's chief administrator, S S Dhillon, said that about 2,000 such allottees throughout the State would be served cancellation notices. HUDA has already initiated the proceedings.

According to Dhillon, in compliance with the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the HUDA prepared a list of people who were allotted residential plots under the Chief Minister's discretionary quota after October 31, 1989.

The chief administrator said the High Court had directed HUDA to conduct a survey to determine the status of construction on such plots. Accordingly, the survey was carried out in August last year. Only 416 plots were found to have fulfilled the necessary criteria.

``But the cases of those coming under certain exempted categories like the Armed Forces and police personnel who have made sacrifice for the nation or civilians affected by terrorist activities will be reviewed by a committee constituted by the Government and headed by Justice (retd) R C Deo Sharma.

" The HUDA secretary will be a member of this committee and the applications can be forwarded to him,'' said the chief administrator.

He added that they have asked for refund applications from the plot holders through a public notice issued on April 15 and April 18. Subsequently, many of the allottees submitted their applications.

Copyright © 1997 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.

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