Saturday, January 14, 2012

Housing scheme for babus comes under HC scanner

The controversial 'own your housing scheme' at Nerkundram near Koyambedu, devised to benefit IAS and IPS officers and other state government employees, has come under legal scrutiny.

The first bench of the Madras high court comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam has sought a reply from the state government on the details of the scheme by January 25.

The bench gave the direction while hearing a writ petition it was unfortunate that a prime housing project was being illegally allotted to officials without following any mandatory norms, that too at less than half the market value.

More importantly, though the Tamil Nadu Housing Board, which was formed to provide housing to the homeless public, has a standing rule that applicants for new flats/ plots should not already own any flat/ plot/ house in any municipal corporation, special grade and A grade municipalities either in their name or that of their spouse or minor children, the clause was not included in the current scheme, the PIL said.

The scheme was designed to benefit IAS officers and other government employees who already own houses and flats in Chennai city, ignoring lakhs of homeless in the state.

While the going rate for each sq ft of built up space in the area is around Rs 5,000, it was being sold at less than half the price.

It wanted the court to quash the notification dated February 28, 2011 as the housing scheme was opposed to public interest.

From TEAM Daniel & Boaz
Chennai Property Law firm
Helpline:- 9840802218

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