Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 25:
Odisha Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda is embroiled in a controversy over availing multiple plots in the capital city for which the minister has reportedly been served notice by Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA).
In a reply to a question, Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo informed Assembly recently that Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda has been issued show cause notice by BDA for availing two plots.
According to reports, a plot was allotted to Ashok Chandra Panda’s wife– Priyadarshini Nanda– in Kalinga Nagar plotted development scheme in 1996. Nanda was allotted a plot (No-K4-130) on the outskirts of the city.
Similarly, Ashok Chandra Panda was allotted a plot in Kalinga Vihar under housing scheme. A plot (145) was given to him under the scheme in the city the same year.
However, the minister has refuted the allegations of flouting any norms to avail the plots here.
“I haven’t availed the plots under Discretionary Quota (DQ) scheme. At the time I was allotted the plots, I had no plot or house in the capital city on my or my family members’ name,” Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said.
Notably, the minister has disposed of these two plots registered in his and his wife’s name.
“I have disposed of these plots with the permission of BDA,” Panda added.