Deepak Chinchore, Congress councillor, has alleged that the Karnataka Slum Development Board has betrayed slum-dwellers by not issuing title deeds.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Chinchore said the board collected Rs. 5,000 each from 136 slum-dwellers, but till date not one title deed had been issued.

He said, in 2003, the then Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain had, under the Karnataka Slum Development Board project, directed officials to collect Rs. 5,000 each from slum-dwellers and allotted title deeds to 55 families.

In the coming days, the board officials, once again, collected Rs. 5,000 from 136 families, promising them title deeds. He said that even after several years, the board officials had not allotted the title deeds. Moreover, when slum-dwellers approached the officials seeking return of their money, they reportedly stated that the project had been shelved and the money could not be returned.

Adding to their woes, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation officials had been harassing them, claiming the land belonged to them and that it should be vacated.

Hence, they would stage a protest on Saturday outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

He warned of intensifying the protest if the government failed to fulfil their demands, he said.Referring to works taken up under the Rs. 100-crore special grants to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, Mr. Chinchore alleged that road development works taken up by the Public Works Department worth Rs. 15 crore were of substandard quality. When the issue was raised during the general body meeting, a resolution was passed seeking a Lokayukta probe into the allegations.

However, now, the ruling BJP had been maintaining silence over the issue, he alleged.

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