State Affairs

Punjab sells tourist complexes for cheap

Punjab

The government of India’s bread basket state is scrambling for crumbs now. Cash-starved Punjab government, which mortgaged a number of state government properties including Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) headquarters last year, has now sold eight tourist complexes at throwaway prices.

Sources told Mail Today that the government said eight tourist complexes, including Gulmohar tourist Complex, Pathankot, Kaner Tourist Complex, Moga, Coral Tourist Complex, Madhopur, Marigold Tourist Complex, Fatehgarh Sahib, Kachnar Tourist Complex, Shambhu, Patiala, Sukhchain Tourist Complex, Jalandhar, Gardenia Tourist Complex, Kapurthala and Lajwanti Tourist Complex, Hoshiarpur were sold for below the collectorate rates, which caused a huge revenue loss to the state government. Sources also said that the properties were sold to benefit the people close to the state government.

Jalandhar-based activist Sanjay Sehgal filed an application under Right to Information Act. But the director (Disinvestment) Punjab government refused to provide him with the names of the buyers who were sold the prime properties at throwaway prices. “There is something wrong. That’s why the government is not revealing the names of buyers who were benefited by disposing of prime properties.” Sanjay Sehgal told Mail Today.

Read the full report here, Mail Today

 

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