Haryana govt rejects Kejriwal's charge about favour to DLF

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 17:55 hrs

Chandigarh: Haryana government on Tuesday night rejected Arvind Kejriwal's charge about a nexus between state officials and DLF and that the land meant for setting up a hospital was released in favour the realty major.

The state government also rejected Kejriwal's allegation that 350 acres of government land was given to DLF by rejecting the bids of two construction majors even without opening their technical bids, saying this was "baseless".

At a joint news conference here, Director General of Haryana Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Department T C Gupta and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation's (HSIIDC) Managing Director Rajeev Arora denied any nexus between the state officials and DLF.

The two senior IAS officers said "we reject the allegations that the state officials are tilted in favour of the DLF".

Gupta said the land had been released to East India Hotels Ltd more than 16 years ago and the permission was granted to it to sell land to DLF Ltd "after following due process of law" .

"No land belonging to the government or Haryana Urban Development Authority was allotted or transferred to either DLF Ltd or East India Hotels Ltd," he said.

Gupta said East India Hotels Ltd. had applied for construction of Hospital/Nursing Home/Oberoi Hotel Management Institute and a Health farm plus accommodation for executives in respect of land measuring 18 acres 2 Marla and this change of land use permission was granted on July 17, 1984.

"This project however, was not completed by the land owner," Gupta said.

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