Housing Board land can be allotted only through auctions: High Court

Housing Board land can be allotted only through auctions High Court

By Accommodation Times News Service

Stating that precious land of the housing board cannot be given to individuals on any other consideration other than by way of public auction, the Hyderabad High Court dismissed one such appeal.

In a plea, A Balamani and four others wanted the court to direct the housing board to allot them 1,200 square yards of land in Ameerpet area of Hyderabad.

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice AV Sesha Sai refused to direct the board to consider the representations of the individual petitioners in this regard. The petitioners’ counsel told the court that the state in 2001 had given a GO directing the board officials to allot this land to the petitioners at Rs 5,000 per square yard as this land was lying adjacent to the houses of the petitioners and there was no access to outsiders. Earlier a single judge dismissed their plea while pointing out that the petitioners had failed to make use of this GO and did not pay the amount at that time.

Challenging the order of the single judge, the petitioners filed an appeal.

“In fact, the GO issued by the state needs to be set aside, as it was given contrary to the rule 29 of the housing board that does not allow allocations in any other manner except by way of an auction,” the bench of Justice Bhosale, that heard the appeal, said. “If the state wants to allot this land through non-auction mode then it has to first amend the rule,” Justice Bhosale added. In 2006 there were attempts even to amend the 2001 GO and it appears to be a housing fraud, the bench said and dismissed the appeal.

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