Cidco fi­nally makes it to land records, owns 15K hectares

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

CBD BELAPUR: The City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (Cidco) which ac­quired land from the lo­cals to de­velop Navi Mum­bai, till re­cently was not the owner of the land as per the 7/12 ex­tract of the rev­enue depart­ment, which is the ba­sic proof of own­er­ship of land.

In 2013, Cidco started talks with dis­trict col­lec­tor to get it­self reg­is­tered.

Now, the process has been com­pleted and Cidco name has been reg­is­tered in the of­fi­cial records. It has around 15,000 hectares un­der it.

Cidco was formed by the state gov­ern­ment for Navi Mum­bai’s devel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ingly, 343.7 sqkm land was ac­quired by the gov­ern­ment in Thane, Pan­vel and Uran talukas. It was then trans­ferred to Cidco.

As per the gov­ern­ment pol­icy, Cidco gave mon­e­tary com­pen­sa­tion to the orig­i­nal own­ers of the land and ac­quired own­er­ship of the land.

It was, how­ever, nec­es­sary that CIDCO’s name fig­ured in the 7/ 12 ex­tract. For the past four decades no ef­forts had been made in this re­gard.

Cidco had along with pri­vate agri­cul­tural land of 15,000 hectares, also ac­quired for­est and gov­ern­ment land un­der its name. While its name had been reg­is­tered on the for­est and gov­ern­ment land, the 7/12 records of pri­vate land of the farm­ers showed the orig­i­nal hold­ers as the own­ers.

Radha said, “The process re­quired pos­ses­sion let­ter of the land ac­quired by Cidco, the old 7/12, its al­ter­ations and so on in­volv­ing thou­sands of let­ters which had been scanned. All the maps of the lands were also up­dated.”

She added, “Based on the doc­u­ments re­ceived from the dis­trict col­lec­tor, the ac­quired and un­ac­quired lands were clas­si­fied. It re­vealed that Cidco had larger share of land with it. To en­sure that proper plan­ning is done of the land, we have cre­ated a land bank.

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