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Last updated: June 19 2020
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    Bhubaneswar Real Estate : 126 buildings lack fire safety clearance

    126 buildings lack fire safety clearance - The Times of India


    BHUBANESWAR: Altogether 126 apartments in the city have been found not having the requisite fire safety clearance.

    The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) on Friday issued show-cause notices to 85 real estate developers for violating fire safety norms in these apartments and other commercial properties constructed by them in the city.

    The maximum punishment involves disconnection of water and electricity supply to the buildings, besides monetary penalty. The apartments house over 2,000 families, official sources said.

    BDA planning member Pitabasa Sahoo issued the notices to developers for handing over possession to the buyers without the mandatory fire safety clearance certificates from director general, fire safety.

    "You are liable for any exigency for endangering life and safety of the occupants," the notice said.

    BDA also pointed out that the builders handed over the properties to the buyers without obtaining occupancy certificates from the agency. It can snap power and water supply to these properties, according to Regulation 16, sub-regulation 5A, of BDA (planning and building standards) Regulations, 2008.

    The agency has asked the builders to reply in 15 days.

    BDA sources said some of the builders have six to eight properties without the mandatory clearances.

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    • #42

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      Originally posted by MANOJa View Post
      Not sure as to what u mean on "IREF rule that not getting followed in the current thread". Please elaborate .

      Have you received any warning from Moderators regarding this thread ?

      I think bhubaneswar read your footer signature and thought that is a message for him.
      A house is a dream, hunting for one is a nightmare.

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      • #43

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        Bhubaneswar Development Authority silent on illegal buildings

        'Bhubaneswar Development Authority silent on illegal buildings' - The Times of India

        BHUBANESWAR: BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's strong posturing against illegal flats at Campa Cola Compound in Mumbai hogged national limelight, but back here more than 4,000 unauthorized buildings continue to stand tall despite being slapped with demolition orders.

        The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its latest report, tabled in the assembly on Monday, on general and social sector for 2012 pointed out that orders for razing 5,687 structures in the city were issued between 1988 and 2012.

        However, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has not touched 4,025 of them even five years after the orders were issued.

        The BDA didn't bulldoze 84 buildings between 2001 and 2011 because of inaction of its enforcement wing, CAG pointed out.

        Similarly, 73 buildings in Cuttack were not pulled down despite demolition orders, the audit watchdog added.

        CAG said cases have been filed against 19,846 unauthorized constructions in the Orissa Development Authorities (ODA) court since 1988. These include 437 high-rise buildings.

        The BDA, in its clarification, told the audit body that it had only one excavator, which was not sufficient to carry out demolition work, involving concrete base. Stay orders passed by various courts and unavailability of police were the other bottlenecks in its demolition drives. The agency told CAG that it has adopted implosion (controlled blast) method, which will be used for demolishing unauthorized constructions in future.

        BDA and Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) have also failed to remove encroachers from 39-acre government land worth Rs 105.55 crore allotted to them. Apart from slum dwellers, builders have encroached on land between their plots and roads by constructing boundary walls, security rooms and parking spaces, CAG pointed out.

        The audit body indicated lack of coordination between the planning and the enforcement wings. Of the 2,944 cases referred to the enforcement wing of BDA for investigation, following complaints and petitions, no investigation was done in 527 cases. More than four years had elapsed in case of 436 such complaints, the CAG said.

        Despite repeated attempts, BDA vice-chairman Krishan Kumar and enforcement officer Debabrata Dash could not be contacted for comments.

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        • #44

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          Bhubaneswar - EOW ARRESTS CITY MAN OVER LAND FRAUD

          EOW arrests city man over land fraud

          The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the State Crime Branch (CB) on Thursday arrested a person for his alleged involvement in a serious land fraud case. The accused was forwarded to a court here.

          The accused was identified as Chandradhwaja Sahoo of Nuabanta village on the outskirts of the city under the Saheed Nagar police limits.

          According to CB DIG Rajesh Kumar, the case had come to light after local Tehsildar Chinmaya Kumar Acharya lodged a written complaint at the EOW office last year.

          Kumar said the case pertains to fraudulent settlement of two acres of land in Patia Mouza vide plot no. 320 under Khata no 491 in favour of Chandradhwaja on the basis of forged documents in connivance with tehsil staff of Bhubaneswar.

          In the year 1979, Chandradhwaja had applied for lease of land measuring two acres for agricultural purpose falsely claiming to be a landless agricultural labourer having income of Rs 2,000 per annum.

          As per the Waste Land Lease Register for the year 1979, a WL case was registered against the accused. The lease was granted in favour of the accused by forging the documents and the record keeper was directed to correct the RoR and issue patta to the accused, the DIG said.

          “Investigation in the case is on,” he informed.

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          • #45

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            Bhubaneswar - Government provides 20 acre to BDA for houses

            Government provides 20 acre to BDA for houses - The Times of India

            BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Thursday allotted 20 acre land to Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) at Sampur here for construction of low-cost houses for economically weaker sections (EWS) in public-private-partnership mode.

            The general administration department, in an order, said BDA would pay a premium of Rs 17.60 crore to the government at the rate of Rs 88 lakh an acre within 60 days. The BDA would also pay ground rent of Rs 6,000 a year. The urban development agency has been asked to complete the project in three years.

            BDA sources said the agency would build 2,500 EWS units at Sampur at an estimated cost of Rs 131 crore.

            Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund and the Union government would provide assistance for the proposed social housing project to be undertaken by a private party.

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            • #46

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              Couple Arrested for Fake Land Deals

              Couple Arrested for Fake Land Deals - The New Indian Express

              BHUBANESWAR: A fraudster couple who sold two plots, measuring about 200 decimal on City outskirts, multiple times to several buyers was arrested by the Crime Branch on Wednesday.

              Akrura Swain, a retired Class IV employee with the Finance Department, was arrested along with his wife Basantilata and Pradeep Mohanty, two accomplices in the land bungling. Based on a direction from Orissa High Court, the Crime Branch was investigating the case.

              According to Crime Branch ASP DP Chakraborty, the Swains had purchased two plots of 100 decimals each in Shampur Mauza from an ex-serviceman several years back. Their first sale was a genuine one and one of the buyers was Dr Nikhilesh Das.

              However, after selling the two plots, the couple went on a fraud-spree and started selling the already sold land to different people. In most cases, the buyers ended up paying for the land but got nothing in return.

              Greedy for more money, they roped in Mohanty and a forged sale deed of the doctor’s plot was prepared. In this case, Mohanty was shown as the buyer and he went a step further by keeping the land mortgaged with UCO Bank’s Maitree Vihar Branch for `5 lakh.

              “When Mohanty defaulted payments, the bank attached the property and advertised an auction. The second auction notice caught Das’ notice and he approached the bank with the facts. Later, he filed a writ petition with the Orissa High Court which ordered an inquiry,” Chakraborty said.

              Basing on prima facie evidence, the CB slapped charges under Section 420/467/468/471/167 and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code. They were produced before a local court here on Wednesday.

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              • #47

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                LIC allottees seek refund of money

                LIC allottees seek refund of money - The Times of India

                BHUBANESWAR: Desperate with the uncertainty over fate of the flats purchased by them in Life Insurance Corporation's (LIC's) Maitree Vihar project, some allottees have approached it to refund their money.

                Goutam Das, whose wife Lipsa has been allotted a flat in the project, has sought refund of Rs 47.25 lakh paid by the family for it. "Regret to inform you that I had written several letters, mails and discussed across the rank and file with your local office as well as the zonal officers of Patna regarding the said subject. But very sorry to convey that till date no official intimation has been received from any source on why registration and possession of the houses couldn't be done in our favour. For the last two months we are moving from post to pillar to get the answer," Goutam wrote in a letter addressed to the executive director (engineering).

                "LIC has no right to hold our entire money (Rs 47.25 lakh) for an indefinite period. It's our request to return the money along with an interest amount for minimum period of six months immediately," he wrote.

                Bishnu Charan Das, another allottee, wrote to the LIC chairman, alleging that LIC was holding back lakhs of money of allottees and gaining interest. "But I being a beneficiary is paying high interest without possession of the flat and running from pillar to post for my legitimate claim," he wrote. Das has deposited Rs 48.25 lakh for a flat.

                He requested handing over official possession of the allotted flat as an interim measure pending decision regarding registration and its diversion from forest land to residential use as was being done by other developers like Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Odisha State Housing Board and private builders. A senior LIC officer said the corporation will take appropriate decision at the earliest.

                Uncertainty looms over an LIC housing project with 550 flats after it was found located on forest land.

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                • #48

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                  House erupts over ‘violator’ minister

                  House erupts over ‘violator’ minister

                  Bhubaneswar, June 23: Much to the embarrassment of the government, the name of food supplies and consumer welfare minister Sanjay Kumar Das Burma appears in the list of 423 real estate developers who have violated building norms while constructing multi-storey apartments here.

                  A list of violators of land and building in the city, placed by the state housing and urban development minister Pushpendra Singh Deo in the Assembly on Friday, mentions that a case has been lodged against Das Burma relating to unauthorised construction of “buildings” on a plot of land in Bhimpur. The case, registered against Das Burma under the Odisha Development Authority Act, is pending with the Bhubaneswar Development Authority.

                  Minister Das Burma, who holds independent charge of food supplies and consumer welfare department, however, today clarified that he had resigned from the construction firm which had built the houses in 2006. He was one of the directors of the company.

                  “I resigned from Neelachal Builders on September 27, 2006. The housing and urban development department should have placed the information in the House in a responsible manner,” he said.

                  Das Burma’s clarification came after leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra raised the issue in the House.

                  “A peculiar situation has arisen in the state. One minister makes an allegation against another. Das Burma says he has left the construction company in 2006. But, the case was filed in 2007. If Das Burma’s statement is correct, urban development minister Singh Deo has misled the House. The government should clarify its position,” said Mishra, demanding a statement from chief minister Naveen Patnaik on the issue.

                  Congress members, who tried to seize the opportunity to embarrass the government, demanded the resignation of Das Burma in view of the allegations made against him by his own government.

                  An angry Tara Prasad Bahinipati rushed to the Well of the House and attempted to climb on the Speaker’s podium as he was not allowed to raise the issue.

                  Das Burma said: “The day I resigned from the directorship of the Neelachal Builders, I had informed the Registrar of Companies and the Bhubaneswar Development Authority. The housing and urban development should have checked the facts before placing the list in the Assembly.” Singh Deo, said: “I will examine the matter and inform the House accordingly.”

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                  • #49

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                    Govt projects exempt from showing patta during sale

                    Govt projects exempt from showing patta during sale - The Times of India

                    BHUBANESWAR: The state government has exempted housing projects developed by government agencies such as Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) from producing record of rights (ROR), a state revenue department document proving ownership of land, also called patta, for registration of the housing units during sale.

                    Private developers said the latest move was discriminatory as it provides respite selectively to those who bought houses only from government agencies. Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has approached the government to provide similar relief to its Maitree Vihar project, where the fate of 550 buyers hangs in balance as LIC has no such ROR (patta) though the forest land was allotted by the state government.

                    After the state government implemented The Registration (Odisha) Amendment Act 2013 and made ROR mandatory for registration of any immovable property from April 25, the registering officers are denying land registration without patta. Various bar associations have moved the Orissa high court against Section 22 A (2) of the Act, which makes ROR mandatory.

                    The government, in a clarification issued recently, said no such ROR would be insisted upon if the property was developed by government agencies such as OSHB and BDA. Inspector general of registration Gobinda Chandra Sethy, in a communication to the district registrars, said, "Allow registration in case of immovable properties where in permission for transfer has been duly accorded by government organizations such as OSHA, BDA and Cuttack Development Authority (CDA)."

                    Real Estate Developers' Association of Odisha president Pradipta Biswasroy said the government directive was biased towards those who buy houses from the government.

                    "The private developers are facing immense problem as ROR is not available in many cases. The government should bring similar relief to houses developed by private builders as well at least for a particular period of time. During the same period, government should fast-track the move to create ROR for land where it is not available," he said.

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                    • #50

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                      Housing scam row hits Bhubaneswar Development Authority

                      Housing scam row hits Bhubaneswar Development Authority - The Times of India

                      BHUBANESWAR: The functioning of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has come under the scanner with the Accountant General (AG) of Odisha stumbling upon alleged misappropriation of funds in the allotment of houses and approval of building plans between 2008 and 2011.

                      Going by the audit report, a copy of which is with TOI, alleged financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 11.60 lakh and Rs 1.07 lakh were found in allotment of 17 houses under Jatni Housing Scheme and approval of building plans of 45 applicants, respectively. The irregularities were detected during test check of deposit from January 1, 2008 to August 31, 2011.

                      TOI has learnt that some BDA employees allegedly forged bank receipts for around Rs 11.6 lakh to record money deposited by the beneficiaries of the schemes, while in actuality, the amounts were never deposited. Part of this amount, they allegedly accepted as bribe against clearing applications.

                      Commenting on the AG finding, Kalinga Sena chief Hemant Rath said, "It clearly indicates that the accused persons took huge share from the beneficiaries by helping them buy houses at cheaper prices. However, in paper they managed to manipulate the figures. The case should be handed over to vigilance. Action should also be taken against the two regular auditors of BDA who ignored the fraud."

                      "The fake bank challans were stamped with fake signatures with dated bank seals. As this is a serious case of irregularity, the authority may investigate the entire matter," the AG report said, adding, "some of the accounts staff may have been directly involved in the fraud. Immediate steps may be taken to safeguard the records, and to rule out chances of the fabricated records being destroyed."

                      Incidentally, the auditors had brought the matter to the notice of the BDA vice-chairman thrice in April and May and asked the authority to furnish names of those persons, who were in-charge of collecting challans and bank scrolls and the custodian of the challans. However, the top BDA authorities did not send any report to the AG.

                      Similarly, the audit found that the accused persons collected nominal amounts for approval of building plans of 45 people, and inflated the amount in its record, leading to a misappropriation of around Rs 1.07 lakh.

                      BDA vice-chairman Deoranjan Kumar Singh said steps were being taken to recover the money. "We have issued notices to some of the allottees, whose installments were found to be forged. If they do not pay the balance money (in a few lakhs) we will cancel their houses," Singh said. "We are also looking into the possible involvement of BDA staff in the case. Action would be taken against the culprits," he added.

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