VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is on high alert after police arrested two persons involved in fake housing scheme. The authorities asked the beneficiaries of housing scheme to be cautious about the gangs collecting money for house allotment.
According to the VMC and Two Town police, one quack Mastan, who runs a first aid centre at Kabela center, along with one Sk Shakeela, a resident of Old Raja Rajeswaripet, publicised that they had contacts in housing wing of VMC and promised to allocate affordable houses in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renual Mission (JNNURM) houses constructed at Kabela centre in the city. They targeted small scale businessmen and daily wagers and collected upto 3.5 lakh per flat.
The issued came to light after a plastic scrap trader Rama Rao suspected that the payment receipt issued to him by Masthan was fake. He lodged a complaint with the Two Town police the cops started investigating. They revealed that Masthan had no connection with the VMC and had deceived the people.
Police said that Masthan and Shakeela together collected around 19 lakh from 10 people. They arrested the offenders and are investigating the case.
Meanwhile, urban community development (UCD) and housing wings of the VMC urged denizens not to trust any middle men for the allocation of houses. Beneficiaries for any welfare scheme will be decided at the respective ward secretariat considering the eligibility criteria.
The city mayor Rayana Bhagya Lakshmi asked the public to raise a complaint in case any one demanded money for availing the benefits under the welfare schemes.
Published On Sep 22, 2023 at 03:30 PM IST
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