Govt al­lots prime And­heri plot to Hema Malini for `1.75 lakh

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faisal Ma­lik faisal.ma­lik@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: A 2,000 sqm plot in Mum­bai’s up­scale And­heri costs only Rs1.75 lakh, just not for you.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra govern­ment has de­cided to al­lot the plot at the nom­i­nal rate to ac­tor and Bhar­tiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Hema Malini to set up a dance school. The al­lot­ment of the land has been con­tro­ver­sial for months, with al­le­ga­tions that the state govern­ment was giv­ing the plot to the ac­tor at a throw­away price.

The state govern­ment had then clar­i­fied it had not fixed the price. Sources said the de­ci­sion has now been taken af­ter eval­u­a­tion of the land by the col­lec­tor’s of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to a state govern­ment pol­icy, char­i­ta­ble and ed­u­ca­tional trusts need to pay only 25% of the to­tal cost of a plot, that too as per Fe­bru­ary 1, 1976 rates.

By this mea­sure, the mar­ket price in 1976 was Rs350 per sqm, or of Rs7 lakh for the 2,000 sqm plot. With the 25% clause, the cost of this plot comes to Rs1.75 lakh, highly placed sources in the govern­ment said. The clause ap­plies to Hema, said sources, as she will set up the dance school and cul­tural com­plex through her char­i­ta­ble trust Natya Vi­har Kala Ken­dra. The value of the plot, in the up­mar­ket area of Am­bivli in And­heri, is Rs23 crore ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment’s ready reckoner rates.

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