JNPT to give 12.5% land to PAP at new location HOUSES FOR PROJECT-HIT
The JNPT has identified a separate piece of land for allotment to JNPT project-affected people (PAP) under the 12.5% land allotment scheme for them. The land that had earlier been earmarked for the PAP had run into trouble over CRZ issues.
The PAP had been fighting for years over the much delayed handing over the plots which are compensation for the land surrendered by them to JNPT.
On August 15, 2014, prime minister Narendra Modi, who had come to JNPT for the inauguration of port based SEZ project, had handed over letter Navi Mumbai police commissionerate hosts an iftaar party at Turbhe on Wednesday. MLA Manda Mhatre, MP Rajan Vichare, police commissioner Hemant Nagrale and mayor Sudhakar Sonawane attended the event. to them stating that they were being allotted plot under 12.5% scheme.
The letter did not mention any detail of the plot or the time frame for allotment.
Soon the PAP found out that the land came under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and hence could not be developed. They have since been alleging that JNPT has cheated them.
Responding to the criticism, Neeraj Bansal, deputy chairman of JNPT, said: “The 12.5% land allotment was in the final stage when we learnt that it falls under CRZ.”
“We tried to get the issue resolved as all work on it had been completed. However, we did not get the green signal from the ministry of environment and forest,” he said.
“We were told that the land could be used for port related activities but not residential purpose,” he said speaking at a press conference.
Bansal said, “We have identified another plot of the same area of 111 hectares for the allotment to the PAP. The contract has been awarded for earth filling there. We are replacing one piece of land with another.”
Bansal added, “The chairman too has recently had a meeting on it with all the stakeholders. I feel we are now on the right track on the issue.”
The state government, through Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA), has forwarded a proposal to MoEF, asking for special consideration to waive CRZ 2011 notification.
The proposal was sent to the Centre on November 26.
The notification does not allow housing schemes on the 111 hectares, which JNPT wants to allot to 3,524 PAP families.
Bansal said, “We are hopeful that it would be looked as a special case, but we are also scouting for land.”
Navi Mumbai police on Tuesday arrested owners of two laboratories from Ghansoli and Kopar Khairane.
The arrests were made after Maharashtra Association of Practicing Pathologists and Microbiologists (MAPPM) filed FIR against Sankalp Clinical Laboratory Sector 3 Ghansoli and Ayush Path labs sector 5 Kopar Khairane.
The two owners have been identified as Sagar Mali and Megha Mali owners of Sankalp Laboratory at sector 3 of Ghansoli and Santosh Khambalkar, owner of Ayush lab located in sector 5 of Kopar Khairane.
The labs are alleged to have releasing test reports authorised by Dr SN Tripathi who has been suspended by Maharashtra Medical Council for six months. He later got relief from Bombay high court and the suspension period was reduced.
Even during the suspension period the labs allegedly released reports bearing name, qualifications and signature of Tripathi.
An official of MAPPM said, “This has been done to highlight malpractices in field of pathologists. Some of them are playing with the life of patients. Illegal labs are being set up by unqualified persons.”
He added, “We were supported in the action by Kopar Khairane senior police inspector Satish Gaikwad and investigating officer police sub-inspector Yogesh Deshmukh. They acted in a very responsible manner and took stringent action.”
Gaikwad said, “This is a serious matter with the authenticity of the test reports coming into question. We are investigating the matter.”