Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 27:

Acting on the recommendations of Taradatt Task Force report, the Odisha government would begin the process for cancellation of illegal plot/flat allotments made under the discretionary quota (DQ) since 1995 from January next, an official said.


According to the senior official of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), the town planning authority has already began hearings since last one-and-half months and illegal allotments in the capital city under DQ will be cancelled from January.

The Taradatt committee had submitted its report to the government recommending cancellation of such allotments after January 1, 1995. The state cabinet in November, 2014, had accepted its recommendations which suggested such action.

Following this, beneficiaries thronged the BDA to file their complaints and a committee was formed by the General Administration department to redress their grievances. The committee comprises of two retired administrative officers and two BDA officials. As the tenure of the committee is one year, we aim to complete the hearing of grievances within the stipulated time, the official stated.

According to sources, as many as 934 plots/flats have been allotted by BDA post 1995. The beneficiaries have been served show cause as to why the allotments would not be cancelled. Moreover, cases have been registered against them at the Odisha Development Authority (ODA) Court.

Earlier, Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo had stated that a total of 6001 plots and houses have been allotted by the BDA, CDA and OSHB since 1995. Of these, the number of allotments under DQ was 1,791.