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Indian Real Estate News : Delhi NCR
Farmhouse scam: Report blames Noida ex-chief
Source: www.indianrealtynews.com Jul 26, 2012
The inquiry report on irregular allotment of farmhouses in Noida under BSP has blamed former chairman and CEO of Noida Authority, Mohinder Singh, and 14 others for the scam which caused a loss of Rs 1,000 crore to the state exchequer. The present chairman of Noida Authority, Rakesh Bahadur, in his report accused Singh and others of "wrong interpretation of the authority's by-laws" which resulted in large-scale irregularities. The state had set up the inquiry two months ago and the report came late last week. At present, Mohinder Singh is principal secretary for department of general administration. The 1978 batch IAS officer is also believed to have been close to former CM Mayawati. A senior UP government official said the preliminary report would now form the basis of a detailed inquiry into the matter. Bahadur's report is now under chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's consideration. A senior bureaucrat said detailed investigation could be given to the Lokayukta. A formal decision in this regard is expected soon. The SP government decided to probe the case after it came to light that the BSP regime allotted land to 120 companies and 29 individual applicants to construct farmhouses. Companies and firms in possession of the land holdings have, however, constructed motels, banquet halls and swimming pools. Under the original farmhouse scheme, agricultural land was meant to be acquired for planned industrial development in keeping with Noida's Master Plan 2021. For this, the state government even pressed into service the controversial emergency clause to ensure the land was acquired quickly without inviting any objections from the public. In the process, agricultural land was acquired from 12 villages in Noida. On May 15, the state government appointed Bahadur as the head of a committee to probe the allotment scam. The land was then used for allotting 10,000 sq metre farmhouses to companies and individuals. Bahadur came out with a single-page report within a week giving details about the anomalies. The detail inquiry, however, was delayed, with Bahadur wanting to opt out because of a pending enforcement directorate inquiry - on charges of alleged corruption - against him. The government first decided to appoint a new investigating officer. In June, however, it asked Bahadur to turn in a detailed preliminary report within two weeks. In his original report, Bahadur had said irregularities were not limited to land allotment ; rates were also lowered to benefit individuals and companies, causing the state exchequer a loss of an estimated Rs 150 crore. The state government, he said, also ordered illegal construction on green belts, where construction is not permitted.
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