Cidco MD to take over as MPT chief

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

Af­ter months of sus­pense, vice- chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion ( Cidco) San­jay Bha­tia is all set for his new post­ing.

Bha­tia has been ap­pointed as the chair­man of Mum­bai Port Trust (MPT).

Bha­tia told HT: “I had com­pleted three years and as per state govern­ment norms the trans­fer would have hap­pened. The cen­tral govern­ment has now picked me up.”

Bha­tia was posted at Cidco three years ago, by the then chief min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van pri­mar­ily to en­sure that the muchde­layed air­port pro­ject was on track. He was backed by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis as well.

Bha­tia, who got a team he wanted, in­clud­ing joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor V Radha en­sured that the air­port pro­ject is ready to take off.

He said: “I am glad that in my three- year ten­ure I could put in place sys­tems in Cidco, the air­port pro­ject is on track with all the clear­ances and the land ac­qui­si­tion has been done.”

All the im­por­tant per­mis­sions, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tre­lated, have come through. The com­plex land ac­qui­si­tion too was sorted out with at­trac­tive pack­ages to the pro­ject-af­fected whose con­fi­dence Cidco man­aged to win.

He also worked hard to im­prove Cidco’s im­age that had over the years been marred by al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, by bring­ing in trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity through com­put­er­i­za­tion.

Bha­tia, how­ever, ruf­fled quite a few feath­ers by tak­ing se­ri­ous ac­tion against vi­o­la­tions in al­lot­ments of land and also re­viewed the 12.5% plot al­lot­ments through Radha which de­layed the re­lease of land to the de­vel­op­ers’ lobby through the PAP.

He also was re­port­edly tak­ing de­ci­sion on some ma­jor plot al­lot­ments to big cor­po­rate houses where the terms of the agree­ment had been vi­o­lated.

Bha­tia was se­lected as the MPT chair­man by the cen­tral govern­ment af­ter he ap­plied for the cen­tral govern­ment post and ap­peared for in­ter­view. The se­lec­tion or­der no­ti­fi­ca­tion was is­sued on Mon­day evening.

Though his trans­fer or­ders are ready, it has not yet been is­sued.

Bha­tia said, “It was a very happy ex­pe­ri­ence, very cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence in Navi Mum­bai. I got a lot of help from all the cit­i­zens and the me­dia and that is why we were able to achieve so much.”

Sources said chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) of MIDC Bhushan Ga­grani is the fron­trun­ner for the Cidco MD post.

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