BHUBANESWAR: Minister Sanjay Dasburma is among 423 builders against whom the state government has filed cases for unauthorized constructions in the city, housing and urban development minister Puspendra Singh Deo told the Odisha assembly in a written reply on Friday. Dasburma said the information submitted in the assembly was completely wrong.
To a question raised by Satyabadi MLA Umakanta Samantray, Singh Deo said the government has initiated action against the builders, including Dasburma, under Section 91 (1) of the Orissa Development Authorities (ODA) Act, 1982, for raising multi-storied structures for commercial gains violating rules and regulations.
The minister's reply said the case against Dasburma, who holds food supplies and consumer welfare and employment, technical education and training portfolios, for a real estate project at Bhimpur is pending in court. He remains an undertrial in the case lodged in 2007. The maximum punishment involves demolition of the multi-storey structure. Of the 423 cases, the government has passed demolition orders for 143 constructions.
Samantray (independent) had asked the names of builders, who violated norms and the action government has taken against them.
Dasburma said the information was 'incorrect'. "The allegation pertains to a construction of Neelachal Builders, of which I was a director till 2006. I resigned from the company before taking over as chairman, Odisha State Housing Board. I can't be held responsible and accountable for the company's action in 2007 when I was no more part of it," he said. He added that he or his family was neither directly nor indirectly involved in the construction company since 2006.
Dasburma said information about the company's office-bearers was probably not updated by the officials in Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), resulting in misleading details being supplied to the house. "I have taken up the matter with BDA to straighten its records. The information will be rectified soon," he added.
Singh Deo did not comment on the Dasburma case, but said, "The government will take action against violators in consonance with legal provisions."