Oppn skep­ti­cal as CIDCO junks 6K home forms

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Sud­hir Suryawan­shi sud­[email protected]­dia.net

The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CIDCO) had re­jected over 6,000 ap­pli­ca­tions out of 14,838 forms un­der the af­ford­able hous­ing lot­tery scheme in its re­cently de­clared re­sults. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elec­tion, Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis had de­clared the hous­ing scheme un­der the Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jna in Au­gust 2018. Over 50,000 ap­pli­ca­tions were sub­mit­ted for the scheme.

Anil Gal­gali, the RTI ac­tivist said it is sur­pris­ing to find so many ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­jected un­der the Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana. “The re­jec­tions seem sus­pi­cious. We can un­der­stand some mi­nor re­jec­tions, but nearly 50 per cent ap­pli­ca­tions were turned down. We need to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a high-level in­de­pen­dent au­thor­ity,” Gal­gali said.

NCP spokesper­son Nawab Ma­lik said this ma­jor hous­ing scheme was an­nounced by Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis to al­lure vot­ers. “Now that the elec­tions have been con­cluded, the CIDCO has re­jected over 6,000 ap­pli­ca­tions. It also shows the CIDCO is more in­ter­ested in deny­ing peo­ple their dream to own a house rather than ful­fill­ing their dream. I am sure there must be a syn­di­cate in CIDCO to sell these re­jected forms for houses to some third party. We ask the Chief Min­is­ter to probe this is­sue at the ear­li­est,” Ma­lik said. One of the ap­pli­cants, who had come to CIDCO to know the rea­son for re­jec­tion, said he was sur­prised to know so many ap­pli­ca­tions had been re­jected.

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