The flats were constructed on 21.64 acres of CHB land, which was transferred to UT urban planning department for the ambitious Union government project. However, UT has not given equivalent land to the board despite several reminders and letters.
Many letters have been sent and many meetings held since 2015, but to no avail. In a recent letter to the UT chief architect, the board stated, “The correspondence from your office asking status of earlier allotted land or earmarked, has no relevance with the present matter because the requested land is to be allotted in lieu of CHB’s land that was utilized by the UT administration for small flats.”
Replying to queries of the UT chief architect, the board pointed out, “In a previous meeting, similar stand was taken by you, the undersigned (CEO of CHB) gave an example that if ‘X’ has spent some money on the directions and on behalf of ‘Y’ then subsequently ‘Y’ cannot refuse or delay reimbursement of the money on the ground that ‘X’ should first intimate how much money he is having in his purse.”
The board has again requested UT chief architect to not delay the matter further and allot 21.64 acres of land to CHB in lieu of board’s land in Mauli Jagran.
A senior CHB official said construction of flats began in June 2014 at a cost of Rs 250 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Under JNNURM, the responsibility of providing land lay with the UT administration. CHB helped UT administration but till date, UT urban planning department has not provided land in return.
Box: Nodal body for rehab colonies
CHB is the nodal body for construction of rehabilitation colonies. So far, it has built 12,736 of the 25,728 flats proposed. Of these, around 12,000 were built in Sector 38 (W), Sector 49, Dhanas, Mauli Jagran-II and Ram Darbar. The administration rehabilitates slum-dwellers after conducting a biometric survey. Colonies resettled in the last 10 years include Colony No 5, Nehru Colony, Kuldeep Colony and Mazdoor Colony.