Flats in Banda meant for BPL families occupied illegally: Probe report

An inquiry ordered by Banda District Magistrate into the allotment of houses to the urban homeless poor under Kanshi Ram Urban Poor Housing Scheme has discovered that as many as 320 occupants had illegally got the flats in the district's two colonies having a total of 1,500 flats.

After receiving the complaints that several people had illegally occupied the flats in two colonies built in Hardauli and Nimnipaar meant for the people belonging to below poverty line (BPL) families, DM G S Naveen Kumar had ordered an inquiry into the allotments.

An inquiry team consisting of the officials from Banda Municipal Corporation, District Urban Development Authority and Revenue department found that about 320 flats had been occupied by the people who were not eligible for allotments as per its norms.

Banda city magistrate Jai Shankar Dubey, who headed the inquiry, said they have issued notices to all these occupants on Thursday asking them to vacate the flats within a week. "They will be asked to present their case and if they could not satisfy us, they will be forcibly evicted and action will be taken against them," he said.

Dubey said most of the people who had cornered the flats illegally were already in possession of houses and many of them did not even belong to BPL families.

He said many occupants were found to be living in the flats though they had no agreement of the allotment. He said the inquiry had found as many as 16 such people who were living without any allotment, against whom action has been initiated under Uttar Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act.

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