Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Four years after the State Cabinet decided to cancel plots and flats given away under the discretionary quota (DQ) in view of large scale irregularities, the Odisha government has been able to cancel only four such allotted houses. The data was furnished by the Urban Development minister, Niranjan Pujari in a presser today.

According to the minister, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) had allotted 791 flats/plots out of which hearing has concluded in 632 cases, whereas 159 cases are pending.

Similarly, the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) has allotted 921 DQ flats/plots. While hearing has been done in 112 cases, 809 cases are pending, sources said.

Morevoer, 67 plots/flats were allotted by the Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) out of which hearing has concluded in 49 cases while 18 cases are still pending.

On the other hand, holding the State government accountable for the lapses, senior Congress leader Sarat Rout said as ministers, bureaucrats and influential people have been benefitted under the DQ, no action is being taken against the violators.

“As only four DQ allotments have been cancelled in last four years, it seems that the State government is only hoodwinking people,” Rout stated.