The residents living in around 600 colonies which the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) recently transferred to Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) are battling with several issues.
As the JMC does not have power to issue lease deeds for colonies developed by housing cooperative societies falling in its jurisdiction, thousands of residents are facing many problems.
According to the officials, the JMC has sent a proposal to the Directorate of Local Bodies (DLB) seeking power to issue lease deeds, however nothing has happened in this regard yet.
A senior JMC official said, “The JMC will be authorised to issue the lease deeds after getting approval from the state cabinet. We have sent the proposal to the DLB. Now it would be forwarded to the cabinet.”
The majority of plot owners living in these colonies have the lease deeds. However, there are still many who don’t have this document.
Rishi Raj Singh, a resident of Kirti Vihar, says, “For the last one year, I am making rounds of the JDA and JMC offices. There is no ray of hope that I would get the lease deed soon. The lease deed is most important document and it is difficult to take loan or claim the title of our property without it.”
Meanwhile, the JDA and JMC officials have found the middle path to benefit a few influential persons. “The JDA officials are writing letters to the JMC to transfer back the files of some particular plots. After this, the process to issue lease deeds of those plot begins.”
Officials believe that if the state government grants JMC the power to issue lease deeds, the civic body could earn revenue out of it. In the absence of sufficient funds, the JMC, since long, has been asking for Rs 400 crore to maintain these colonies which have been transferred by the JDA.
A meeting, chaired by chief secretary CS Rajan, was also held in this regard. “In the meeting, it was decided that the JDA would transfer all the vacant plots to the JMC which could be sold out to earn revenue. Similarly, the JDA would transfer money in JMC’s account for maintaining these colonies,” an official said.