Cidco wants Arunachal govt to re­turn it­sVashi plot within 90 days

MIS­USE Plot was given for con­struc­tion of state guest­house, is be­ing used for com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in­stead, says Cidco

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CBD BE­LA­PUR: Cidco has can­celled the al­lot­ment of plot to Arunachal Pradesh (AP) gov­ern­ment for con­struc­tion of Arunachal Bha­van -- a guest­house and an em­po­rium -- over al­leged mis­use of the plot and com­mer­cial use of the build­ing. The Cidco of­fi­cials have also found that the plot has been given to a third party on build op­er­ate and trans­fer ba­sis, with­out seek­ing per­mis­sion from the author­ity.

“We have is­sued a no­tice to the Arunachal gov­ern­ment and they have been asked to han­dover the plot to Cidco within 90 days. We have in­structed the town plan­ning depart­ment to take ac­tion if the pos­ses­sion of the plot is not handed over in the stip­u­lated time,” said V Radha, joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Cidco.

The Arunachal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials could not be con­tacted, but sources claimed the mat­ter could go into lit­i­ga­tion.

Af­ter the state gov­ern­ment is­sued an or­der, Cidco pre­pared a pol­icy for al­lot­ment of plots in sec­tor 30A of Vashi to var­i­ous states for con­struc­tion of their em­po­ri­ums and guest­houses. On Au­gust 1, 1997, Cidco signed a con­tract with the Arunachal gov­ern­ment for al­lot­ment of a 2,331-sqm plot in the area for con­struc­tion of Arunachal Bha­van.

In­stead of con­struct­ing an em­po­rium or a guest­house, the Arunachal gov­ern­ment al­legedly gave the plot to a builder on a BOT ba­sis and a build­ing was con­structed. Cur­rently, the struc­ture houses var­i­ous com­mer­cial stores and of­fices. In May 2014, Cidco sent a show­cause no­tice to the AP gov­ern­ment, seek­ing an ex­pla­na­tion. The re­ply, which was sent on June 30, 2014, al­legedly pointed to flout­ing of norms, af­ter which Cidco de­cided to take ac­tion. “They have brazenly changed the use of the plot. Hav­ing a jew­ellery show­room at a state guest­house makes no sense,” said Radha.

But as the Cidco’s plot has been leased to a state gov­ern­ment, the agency had asked the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment to give its rec­om­men­da­tion on the ac­tion to be taken.

“We had ap­prised the state gov­ern­ment and the ac­tion was ini­ti­ated af­ter its nod,” said Radha, adding the doc­u­ments were ver­i­fied by him and Cidco man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Bha­tia.

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