Chandigarh: Finally, the booths constructed under the new over bridge passing near bank square in Sector 17 will fall under hammer on Thursday. The Municipal Corporation (MC) has miserably failed to hold the auction of 40 booths constructed under the new over-bridge from past three years.
MC will also hold the auction of 11 booths constructed in the underpass joining ISBT Sector 17 with Sector 22 market. The under pass was constructed a decade ago and MC failed to auction the booths. MC has fixed the reserve price at Rs 59.69 lakh for 24 number booths at new over bridge, Rs 88.53 lakh for eight booths, Rs 68.89 lakh for six booths and Rs 1.02 crore for two booths under the new overbridge.
Similarly, MC has fixed Rs 67.95 for the 11 booths at the underpass joining ISBT Sector 17 with Sector 22 market.
The booths under new over bridge in Sector 17 were constructed amidst controversies in the year 2013 while the concept faced criticism but MC went on to carry forward the construction of the booths under the bridge as well as over the bridge. Since then MC could not relish its idea and failed to encash the property which has been biting the dust from past three years. There are around 40 booths constructed under the bridge. The idea was to develop the market as bridge market in Sector 17 plaza.
The booths under the bridge are been misused by the goons as they have been occupied by the miscreants and have become a den for such antisocial elements. MC has been slammed in the recent audit report which pointed out the loses incurred by the MC for failing to auction the booths. In November 2013, the civic body constructed 40 booths over the newly-built over-bridge in Sector 17, but nothing has moved till date. The idea was to have a market similar to the one existing below the over-bridge.
The audit report reads, “During the audit, it has been noticed that 40 booths under the new over-bridge in Sector 17, were constructed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. A committee was constituted by the MC Commissioner on August 22, 2013, for framing policies for the disposal of properties.”
The report further reads, “On being pointed out in the audit, the department stated that the General House of the MC had not decided the minimum monthly rent for the allotment of booths.”
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