Good response for MUDA auction of evicted houses

LARGE GATHERING: Over 400 people participated in the MUDA auction at Lakshmikanthnagar in Mysore on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The auction of 10 Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) houses in Lakshmikanthnagar in Mysore, which had been occupied until recently by illegal dwellers at the instance of Akhila Janajagruthi Maha Sabha (AJMS) leader Mantelingaiah, elicited a huge response with hundreds of people participating in the bidding process.

Responding to the announcement by MUDA that the houses meant for economically weaker sections will be auctioned, more than a 100 people turned up the venue on Saturday morning and participated in the bidding.

MUDA Commissioner S.N. Nagaraj, who was also present on the occasion, supervised the auction process.

The bidders, who jostled with each other, paid an amount of Rs. 5,000 as Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) fixed by the MUDA. Several police personnel had been deployed at the venue to control the mob. MUDA authorities are understood to have collected the EMD from an estimated 400 bidders in the one hour, preceding the auction process. The minimum bid amount for three out of the 10 houses measuring 15' x 30', which were considered only for the land value as a good portion of houses had collapsed, was Rs 1.08 lakhs. But, the MUDA realised Rs. 2.16 lakhs, Rs. 2.05 lakhs, and Rs. 2.12 lakhs for the three houses respectively.

The minimum bid amount for the remaining seven houses was fixed at Rs. 1.25 lakh.

The houses were finally auctioned off for amounts ranging between Rs. 2.2 lakhs to Rs. 2.38 lakhs.