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UP: scam in Mayawati's home-for-poor project

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Nov 30, 2011 at 05:01pm IST

Noida: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's biggest project till date, 'Kanshiram Awaas Yojna', is under the scanner. The project is aimed at giving thousands of free low-cost homes to the poor in the cities of Uttar Pradesh. CNN-IBN has learnt that the flats are being handed to millionaires instead.

Noida is witnessing a housing boom but the skyscrapers are beyond the reach of the common man. Mayawati's solution was the Kanshiram Awaas Yojna, named after her mentor and founder of the BSP. 1,000 homes were also built in Noida under this project.

But when these flats were about to be allotted, a scam unfolded.

The Flat, 66D, in Noida's Sector 45, documents show the plot belongs to one Alpana Saxena, general secretary of the Rashtriya Parivartan Party, who already owns other property worth lakhs.

In the same sector, Flat number 42A has been allotted to millionaire contractor Santosh, who owns several properties in Noida and Greater Noida. Flat 31D was allotted to a builder Prince Kumar Chaudhury.

Flat 104A belongs to Indrajit Chaudury, a resident of Bulandsaher, who used forged documents to show himself as a local resident get a flat in this project. Flat 106D belongs to Subodh Kumar, who already owns 2 apartments in Noida's Sector 82 and 93.

And many of UP's urban poor, who were to benefit from the project have been left out. Repeated complaints to Mayawati have not helped.

On approaching some of those millionaires who have been allotted flats under the 'Kanshiram Awaas Yojna', none responded.

While it's clear that the scam was implemented by corrupt officials locally, it's still unclear why no action has been taken.

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