PANCHKULA: Perturbed over the hike in monthly installments of the recently allotted Ashiana Flats, residents of Azad Colony, near Sector 21, sat on a hunger strike near the Deputy Commissioners office on Friday.

Vijay Brar, Ex vice president of the SC Cell of the Congress, said, "Previously, the monthly installments had been fixed at Rs 703 per month. The hike of Rs 1,803 is too high, which poor people cannot afford. Hence, we have come here to urge the authorities to reduce the amount of monthly installments of the flats, which were constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme for the rehabilitation of slum dwellers in the town."

Brar said they would approach the Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of Culture, Kumari Selja, in this regard. He said they would continue their indefinite fast until their demands were met in black and white. Earlier, the protesters led by Babu Ram raised slogans outside the HUDA office, demanding streamlining of the mechanism of submission of application forms for allotment of flats. They claimed that the HUDA authorities would demolish the huts in the Mahtu Ram Colony on July 26 without proper rehabilitation of the residents.

However, HUDA administrator Rajinder Kataria said he was not authorised to reduce the monthly installment and the decision to this effect, if any, will be taken by the higher authorities. On the demolition of huts in the colony without proper notice, Kataria said there was no such plan and added that those whose forms have been rejected due to lack of documentary evidence of residence proof before 2003 could submit the forms again with the required proof. TNN

Sector-21 flat allottees protest instalment hike - The Times of India
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