Bhubaneswar: As declared by the Block Development Authority, the second house availed by Law Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, from the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) under the discretionary quota will be auctioned.

It is noteworthy to mention that, Mr. Arukh had taken two houses under the discretionary quota one from Urban Development Minister K V Singhdeo, which was allotted in the name of his wife, Jaylakshmi Arukh in 2007 at Kalinga Nagar, and another from the present Urban Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra in his own name in 2009 at Pokhariput .

But as per the guidelines of the BDA, one family cannot avail more than one house in the Bhubaneswar Master Plan area. When asked about the same Mr. Patra had claimed that he was unaware that the Law Minister’s wife had availed of a house at Kalinga Vihar area earlier in 2007.

“The BDA guidelines clearly mentioned that one can avail a house if he does not have any house or land in the State capital area. Arukh had applied for a house claiming that he did not have any land or house in the Bhubaneswar Master Plan area. Therefore, I allotted a house in his favour according to the law under discretionary quota,” said Mr. Patra.

When Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik, was asked about the same he had said that he would “look into” the allegation against the Minister who allegedly availed two houses from Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) under discretionary quota. 

As informed by a senior official, the house availed by Mr. Arukh under the Ananta Bihar Housing plan will not be allotted to any one else and will be open for all for auction.