Beware of cheats: MUDA commissioner

In a press release here, MUDA Commissioner Dr C J Betsurmutt said steps were being taken to protect its assets after it came to know that some middlemen were trying to sell corner sites and civic amenity sites. Cases have been registered in courts.

This had affected genuine beneficiaries. The MUDA would allot alternative site and issue sanction letters if the sites when it had promised were not available. The original allottees would hide the fact of selling the alternative sites to others and apply for fresh documents by enclosing affidavits claiming that the original documents had been lost.

Based on those documents they would get the sanctioned letters which would be used to sell the sites to gullible people.

The commissioner said private associations and companies have violated the original sanctioned map and form sites on the land reserved for parks and civic amenities an sold them.

Even this has come to the notice of the authority and already initiated action in this regard. Two such cases came to the notice recently and had filed criminal cases with police station on March 28.

A lady was allotted a site measuring 30 X 40 feet in January 1980. However, due to non-availability she was allotted another site at JCS T 'M' block. Subsequently, she sold that site to another person. After some days, she obtained fabricated allotment letter claiming that she had lost the original documents of the site allotted in Vidyaranyapuram.

A criminal case has been registered against her.

Dr Betsurmutt said the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Employees' Housing Society violated the approved plan, formed a few sites on the land reserved for park and civic amenities and sold them.

The society sold the property that belongs to the MUDA. There has been involvement of middlemen in such illegal activities. Ultimately, the citizens were the sufferers, he added.

He clarified that the MUDA was not responsible if the citizens were cheated by miscreants as it was the duty of the former to check the documents before buying sites.

The rules of the authority do not permit resolving such issues and it would not consider any number of memoranda submitted by the citizens, he added.

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