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What the ‘highrisers’ Have to say
Under the controversial Tata housing project, 102 Punjab politicians will get Rs 82.5 lakh plus a four-bedroom flat overlooking the Sukhna Lake from 19 towers that will mar Chandigarh’s skyline. This is what the people’s representatives have to say

Jagdeesh Raj Sawhney Batala MLA, BJP: “There has been absolutely no hanky panky. We are unnecessarily being targeted. A residential area can come up in the vicinity of Sukhna wildlife Sanctuary.” 

Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Former Minister Congress : “I am not even the member of the Punjab Housing Society, how can I get profit out of this. Also, I have never taken any flat from any other society as well.” 

Harmohinder Singh Pradhan, Congress MLA: “ The society has not taken any benefit from the government neither any violation of norms has taken place. We have purchased land from open market so there is no question of any scam in it.” 

Chiranji Lal Garg, former SAD minister” “This is no way a scam and is a simple case of A land deal. It has been established like any other societies of professionals around Chandigarh and land was sold to the Tata Housing project at the prevalent market rate.” 

Hardev Singh Arshi, Former MLA CPI : “I do not want to speak much as it is already before the High Court. Still I feel that there was nothing wrong in the whole episode. We purchased land from private buyers and sold it also to private buyers, where is the problem in that?” 

Avtar Brar, Congress MLA: “Our society bought land in private capacity directly from the farmers and took no money as grant from the government. Moreover, the building plan of Tata housing has not yet been approved by the government/administration, as such, the allegations that MLA's have been benefited of crores of rupees are baseless?” 

Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Ex MLA, SAD: “Politicians should not be provided a house at the cost of nature and public exchequer.If the rules are being bent and environment is at stake, nothing should happen at the cost of nature. But at the same time all of us have paid for the project and high rise buildings are norms all over the world.” 

Ram Kumar Goyal, ex MLA, BJP: “A group of MLAs and other politicians purchased a piece of land by making a society with the aim that land will be distributed among the members in shape of residential plots. Later the society decided to handover the land to TATA Housing Development Company, which promised the members a flat each apart from cash amount. There is no illegality into this project.” 

Vardev Mann, son of former MP Zora Singh Mann:” My father has one of the members of the society, which was floated in legal manner. If a plot is given to us by any company,which has entered into agreement with society then what is wrong in that.” 

Surjit Jiyani, MLA, BJP “ If a group of MLAs have taken a piece of land by forming a society to develop their residences then what is illegal in it. A number of societies have been formed by a group of individuals throughout the state to develop residential colonies.” 

Inderjit Singh Zira, ex MLA: “The land has been taken by the MLAs and other at much higher rates than the prevailing market prices at that time. Later we formed a society and handed over that piece of land to a builder. There is nothing wrong in it.” 

Balbir Singh Ghunnas, ex MLA: “Everyone has a flat there, we followed the norms like other members of society.” 

Nusrat Ali Khan, ex MLA: “It is the former speaker Charanjeet Atwal who was the chairman at that time when I got the flat. He knows everything about it ask him.” 

Jatinder Singh Kariha, MLA: “I don’t understand why we all are being dragged into a controversy for no blame of ours. It was a totally barren and non-cultivable land which we had purchased. We simply want it to be developed for some good housing purpose.”

Ch Nand Lal, SADMLA: “All I know is that there has been an agreement between us and the construction company. They were to give us flats and the project has got delayed by two years. A deal has already been struck which has to go ahead following proper rules and regulations.” 

Ranjit Singh Chhajjalwaddi, former MLA from Khadoor Sahib: “I became a member of the society as all MLAs were becoming members in 1999 by paying an initial amount of Rs 4.50 lakh. I had then objected and told the then society president that the land being acquired was being done in an illegal manner. But no one listened to me then. I then requested them to give my money back and retain my membership so that once all legal hurdles were removed, I could deposit the money again and get the benefit.”

Gobind Singh Longowal, Ex-MLA SAD: “The society purchased and after that chairman of the soceity reached an agreement with the TATA people. We followed the norms for getting the flat.“

Avtar Henry, Ex-MLA Cong: “I don’t know why we are being called beneficiaries. We have not been given any government land. We just formed a society and bought a land and have now given it for development.” 





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