Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The former Union Minister and BJP candidate from New Delhi, Vijay Goel, on Sunday accused his Congress rival and Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken of cheating slum dwellers in the name of allotting flats to them.

In a statement, Mr. Goel said on one hand the Delhi Government had returned Rs.400 crore to the Central Government saying it had run out of land to construct housing projects for the poor, while on the other Mr. Maken had sometime ago inaugurated a project to allot flats to jhuggi-jhonpri residents. Calling the move a mere “stunt”, Mr. Goel said it was only aimed at winning votes in the Lok Sabha elections.

Mr. Goel also accused the Delhi Development Authority of deviating from its purpose of providing affordable housing to the citizens and of duping people of nearly Rs.800 crore in the name of a housing scheme.

The BJP leader appealed to the 6,00,000 applicants of the DDA Housing Scheme-2008 to write to the President to intervene on their behalf for getting interest on their deposits.

“Working in collusion with the land mafia, the DDA is denying the general public a roof over their head. It has been claiming to have conducted an internal inquiry but has not announced the result of the inquiry. The Delhi police too had conducted an inquiry into the scam but someone is sitting on that report and even the police officers involved in the inquiry have been transferred.”

Mr. Goel accused that the DDA has become a big commercial builder and is selling flats at exorbitant rates and auctioning school and residential plots.