5 yrs on, BMC yet to take back prime Juhu plot from builder
MUMBAI: A prime 4,500-squaremetre plot in Juhu’s Barfiwala lane that could fetch up to Rs600 crore if developed was declared a slum and handed over to a private developer by the BMC, which has done nothing to get the land back more than five years after it decided to do so.
Now an internal audit of the BMC has criticised the inaction on the part of the civic body, which it said appeared deliberate, and called the original deal illegal. In fact, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis himself as an opposition MLA in 2013 had sought a probe into the whole issue.
In 2010 itself, a couple of years after the deal was struck, the BMC had, following complaints, decided to take the plot back and had valued the land alone at Rs135 crore.
The plot reserved for municipal housing falls under the jurisdiction of the Andheri ward office of the BMC. It is occupied by 56 families of sweeper staff of the civic body.
The controversy dates back to 2008-09 when top civic officials allowed inclusion of this plot (survey number 207) in a slum redevelopment project involving four adjoining private plots (survey numbers 208 to 211), which had slums on them.
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