Kuk­shet land lease row: Manda Mha­tre, NCP trade charges

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The NCP on Thurs­day ac­cused MLA Manda Mha­tre of the BJP of not tak­ing the Kuk­shet vil­lagers into con­fi­dence be­fore get­ting a leased land or­der from the state govern­ment for them.

The al­le­ga­tion came a day af­ter Mha­tre stated that she had re­solved the vexed land is­sue of Kuk­shet. Mha­tre has dis­missed the NCP’s claim stat­ing that it is a case of sour grapes be­cause they could not do in 20 years what she has done now. Kuk­shet vil­lage that was si­t­u­ated in MIDC area in Nerul was shifted within Nerul node years ago.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, NCP city youth pres­i­dent and cor­po­ra­tor Su­raj Patil, “At the time of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the vil­lagers were given land on lease. The vil­lagers have long been de­mand­ing that the leased land be con­verted into free­hold land.”

He said, “Even as our ef­forts were on, MLA Manda Mha­tre, with­out tak­ing the vil­lagers into con­fi­dence has once again heaped leased land on us.”

Patil said, “Kuk­shet vil­lage is not a sec­tor but a colony that has been re­ha­bil­i­tated. In Au­rangabad, CIDCO has con­verted lease land into free­hold land. In Navi Mum­bai too

the de­mand for free­hold land is pick­ing up. Mha­tre seems to have been wrongly ad­vised by her as­so­ciates who have no knowl­edge of Kuk­shet vil­lage.”

Patil said that sev­eral meet­ings on the is­sue had been held at Mantralaya level. “We man­aged to en­sure that there was no lease agree­ment done and we were con­fi­dent of get­ting rid of the lease pol­icy.”

Stat­ing that the NCP was try­ing to mis­lead peo­ple, Mha­tre said, “In 1995, Kuk­shet vil­lage was shifted from Herdil­lia Chem­i­cals area in MIDC to sec­tor 14 of Nerul. How­ever, apart from in­tent let­ter and pos­ses­sion re­ceipt, MIDC did not com­plete

any other doc­u­men­tary process nor was any ef­fort made by oth­ers to com­plete it.”

Stated Mha­tre, “Af­ter be­ing elected in 2014, I stud­ies the mat­ter and took it up with MIDC which agreed to sign land agree­ments.”

Mha­tre said, “It was as a re­sult of that de­ci­sion that on Wed­nes­day, 14 land own­ers were given let­ters con­cern­ing the agree­ment and also the agree­ment it­self. MIDC re­gional of­fi­cer Devre has as­sured that af­ter fur­ther ver­i­fi­ca­tion, more land own­ers will be is­sued let­ters per­tain­ing to the agree­ment and an agree­ment will be signed with them.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Kuk­shet vil­lage, that was si­t­u­ated in MIDC area in Nerul, was shifted within Nerul node years ago.

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