Digha project-hit to pay as per ready reckoner for re­hab

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

CBD BELAPUR: The amended res­o­lu­tion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Digha Naka res­i­dents and shop­keep­ers whose struc­tures were re­moved re­cently for widen­ing of Thane-Belapur road was ap­proved by the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion gen­eral body on Fri­day.

As per the new pro­posal, those be­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated, in­stead of pay­ing the nom­i­nal Re1 as pro­posed ear­lier, will now pay rent as per the ready reckoner rate. The lease agree­ment with them will be for 30 years.

Digha Naka had been a traf­fic bot­tle­neck for the past eight years on the busy Thane-Belapur road.

While the rest of the road had been widened and con­cre­tised, the stretch re­mained nar­row as the res­i­dents and shop­keep­ers in the area re­fused to shift. The mat­ter had reached court and de­spite the lo­cals los­ing it, there had been no ac­tion.

Speak­ing dur­ing dis­cus­sion on the pro­posal in the meet­ing, cor­po­ra­tor Mon­ica Patil said, “The res­i­dents of Talavli vil­lage who lost their houses and shops in the road-widen­ing project had been as­sured re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. What has hap­pened with re­gard to it?”

Cor­po­ra­tor Man­dakini Mhatre raised the same is­sue. Cor­po­ra­tor Jagdish Gavte de­manded that the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion not be based on rental ba­sis but be done free.

Re­spond­ing to the dis­cus­sion and sug­ges­tions, NMMC com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe said, “The pro­posal has been framed with long-term plan­ning. The prop­erty has been given to us by MIDC. We had asked the own­ers to give us clear ti­tle of their plots which they didn’t. It would have helped us give them larger ar­eas.”

He added, “Those who were reg­is­tered with the gram pan­chayat have been given 400 sqft for com­mer­cial and 230 sqft res­i­den­tial. If we give to oth­ers, it will be be­yond the norms. The area given is as per what the gen­eral body had passed.”

He said, “All that is be­ing done is within the frame­work of law. We have only in­tro­duced the read reckoner rate pay­ment sys­tem.”

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