Trou­ble mounts for Sena min­is­ter Waikar

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sau­rabh Katkur­war sau­rabh.katkur­war@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Ma­ha­rash­tra min­is­ter of state for hous­ing Ravin­dra Waikar, who is fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of il­le­gal con­struc­tion and grab­bing 20 acres of land in Aarey Colony, has now been ac­cused of se­cur­ing con­tracts for slum re­de­vel­op­ment projects in Jo­gesh­wari for a re­alty firm in which he is said to have stakes.

Mum­bai Congress chief San­jay Niru­pam ac­cused the Shiv Sena leader of fa­cil­i­tat­ing per­mis­sions to ex­e­cute the projects by tweak­ing rules. Ac­cord­ing to the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia (ASI) and a judge­ment of Bom­bay HC, the per­mis­sions should not have have been is­sued as the project falls within a ra­dius of 300 me­tres from the Jo­gesh­wari caves, a her­itage site.

Waikar, how­ever, re­futed the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing he was not at­tached to the firm when per­mis­sions to the build­ings were given.

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