5 yrs on, BMC yet to take back prime Juhu plot from builder

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Lax­man Singh lax­man.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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