JNPT to give 12.5% land to PAP at new lo­ca­tion HOUSES FOR PRO­JECT-HIT

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

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.”


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