PANAJI: The state exchequer lost Rs 65.70 lakh due to discrepancies in fixing rates for construction of row houses by the Goa housing board.
The Goa housing board decided to construct 16 row houses at first in March 2007 at Ambaji in Fatorda. As 43 applications were received for purchase of the row houses, the board decided in December the same year to construct 20 more row houses and increase the cost of minimum plot area from Rs 1,600 to Rs 3,500 per sq meter.
The board also decided to send letters to the purchasers informing them about the increase in price of houses due to the increase in the cost of land and obtain their willingness.
The row house construction was completed in April 2011 and 36 of the 43 applicants were requested to select the row house of their choice on first-come-first-serve basis.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India in its latest report has observed that allottees raised objections to the differential rates being charged over the notified/advertised rates. The then housing minister later observed that the Goa housing board had failed to convey the new rates to the intending purchasers and obtain their acceptance as it had earlier decided to do.
The revised rate was therefore brought down by the chief minister from 3,500 per sq meter to Rs 2,000 per sq meter.
The audit report notes that this resulted in a loss of Rs 68.79 lakh to the state exchequer in allotment of the 35 row houses on 4,586.32 sq meters of land.