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SLUM REHAB AUTHORITY NOT WORKING EFFECTIVELY SAYS HIGH COURT

The Mumbai High Court observed that the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) schemes are “not working effectively” and asked a high-powered committee to probe 87 complaints received by Anti-Corruption Bureau and other agencies. The committee, which is already in place following a previous order of the court in SRA-related issue, will take the assistance of Additional Commissioner of Police. “If the committee finds any illegality or irregularity coupled with “element of criminality”, it can regulate, stay or cancel any SRA scheme, subject to regular court orders,” said the Mumbai High Court. Under SRA scheme, a builder gets extra Floor Space Index, in return for giving free tenements to slum-dwellers. To a query under RTI Act, Anti-Corruption Bureau had replied that there were 89 complaints regarding SRA schemes, but Bureau lacked the infrastructure to probe them.

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