MUDA violates norms, distributes 400 sites

MUDA violates norms, distributes 400 sites

Present commissioner seeks against 16 erring officials

 Mandya Urban Development Authority (MUDA), which had created ripples for the misuse of deposit funds and illegal distribution of 107 sites earlier, has landed in trouble again.

A high-level scam of allegedly distributing more than 400 sites, throwing all norms into the wind, has come to light in Mandya.

It is alleged that a scheme called ‘Nimma Ayke’, which was not in existence was initiated and sites distributed under it, violating the law.

The current MUDA Commissioner K Mathai has written a letter to the Department of Urban Development, seeking action against 16 officials, during whose term the sites were sanctioned under the above mentioned scheme. However, there are possibilities that the number of officials expected to be listed under the scam may increase.

Action has been recommended against the then MUDA Commissioner Kempahanumaiah, Swamy, Sadashivappa, Engineer Bhardwaj, Abdul Subhan, Assistant Engineer Kalegowda, Junior Engineer Govindaraju, Revenue Officials Somaraju, K S Narayana and Zachariah William, First Grade Assistant Nagaraju and others.

Lottery system

Sites have been distributed at Vivekanadanagar Layout (Kereyangala) from 2005 to 2007. It may be noted that the sites at Vivekanandanagar were distributed through a lottery system in the year 2002, and the same sites were sold through ‘Nimma Ayke’ scheme in the year 2005.

There is a rule that applications should be invited for the sites only once, when a new layout is formed and sites identified. Later, the remaining sites have to be only auctioned.

In this case, applications were again invited and sites sold at a lesser price, violating law. Sale deeds should not have been given to the sites alloted after 2005. Only lease-cum-sale certificate should have been issued. The allottees should have got the sale deeds only after a period of 10 years. But here, surprisingly, all the sites were alloted along with sale deeds directly.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Mathai said, it has come to his notice that the rules were not followed and sites distributed. A letter has been written to the government, seeking action against 16 officials who have allegedly cheated the government.

The process of identifying the names of the site owners is under progress and would be traced in a couple of days, Mathai said.

As per the current market rate, the value of the 400 sites is approximately Rs 100 crore. To a question whether the sites that were distributed, violating law would be withdrawn, he said, the government will take a decision in this regard.