VADODARA: Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) will be transferring 520 houses constructed for urban poor over 40 years ago.
The process of transferring the quarters began with the VMC taking up an initiative to transfer such houses in Diwalipura area of the city.
The civic body has decided to hand over 67 houses to those who had been allotted these in 1974-75.
The VMC at that stage had given residents here a plinth with a shade on a plot of 180 square feet. Presently, even two-storied houses exist on the site. Several beneficiaries have passed away and their kin stay here and in some cases, the houses have been handed over to someone else.
Mayor Bharat Dangar said the residents had no documents to claim that the houses belonged to them. “The residents were required to give instalments to the VMC. Some of them did so while others did not. We are looking at ways to ensure that those who did not pay up at that stage do so with interest now,” he said.
VMC commissioner Dr Vinod Rao, who has been authorized to take further steps in this regard, said the decision was a policy decision and will not remain limited to Diwalipura houses. “A new precedence has been made and we can consider other cases on similar lines,” he said.
Other such houses, include those at Dharampura near Harinagar, near Panchwati in Gorwa and at Gadheda Market in Kishanwadi. There are other pockets where the VMC had given land or houses in a similar manner on plots acquired under Urban Land Ceiling Act that were handed over to the civic body.
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