De­vel­op­ment charges in NAINA slashed

Project-hit peo­ple and de­vel­op­ers’ de­mand met, charges re­duced up to Rs1400 per sqm

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Four mem­bers of a fam­ily, in­clud­ing the boyfriend of a 19-year-old girl, were on Satur­day booked on charges of abet­ting the teenager’s sui­cide, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor TI Thatkar of Gane­spuri po­lice sta­tion, the girl was in love with a 20-year-old boy from Kunde vil­lage in Bhiwandi taluka.

The fam­ily of the boy was doubt­ful that the duo would marry and were not ready to ac­cept her as their daugh­terin-law.

Three mem­bers of the boy’s fam­ily then beat up the girl on July 2, a com­plaint by the vic­tim’s brother said.

The com­plaint fur­ther said that the vic­tim and her ac­cused lover eloped, but in­stead of tak­ing her home, the boy aban­doned her half way through.

The trio again abused the vic­tim and beat her up pub­licly at the Kunda Phata chowk ac­cus­ing her of kid­nap­ping the boy.

Dis­turbed, the girl hanged her­self on July 4 at her house, po­lice said.

The po­lice gave the names of the ac­cused as Ajit Jayant Thule, Sujata Jayant Thule, Sh­weta San­tosh Gaik­wad and San­tosh Gaik­wad.

The four have been booked un­der sec­tions 306 rw 34 of the IPC. How­ever, no ar­rest has been made so far in connection with the in­ci­dent.

Ini­tially a case of ac­ci­den­tal death was reg­is­tered but fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed abet­ment of sui­cide, po­lice added.

Even as the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) awaits sanc­tion for the de­vel­op­ment plan of Navi Mum­bai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (NAINA) from the state gov­ern­ment, it has de­cided to re­duce the de­vel­op­ment charges levied on the de­vel­op­ers in the re­gion.

The charges which were Rs2,385 per sqm ear­lier have now been brought down to upto Rs 1,400 per sqm de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion of the project.

A meet­ing on the is­sue was held re­cently by the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry. A Cidco of­fi­cial said, “Tak­ing into ac­count the op­po­si­tion, Cidco, in its board of di­rec­tor meet­ing held on Fri­day de­cided to re­duce the de­vel­op­ment charges in view of the global re­ces­sion.”

The decision is ex­pected to make it fea­si­ble for the pro­jectaf­fected peo­ple (PAP) or the de­vel­op­ers to take up con­struc­tion projects in the re­gion.

Of the 4,000 sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions sub­mit­ted by the res­i­dents, the town plan­ning depart­ment has been in­structed to take into ac­count some im­por­tant sug­ges­tions.

Cidco was ap­pointed as Spe­cial Plan­ning Au­thor­ity (SPA) for NAINA by the state gov­ern­ment on Jan­uary 10, 2013.

Spread over 560 square km, NAINA con­tains 270 vil­lages of which 256 vil­lages are in Raigad Dis­trict and rest 14 lie in Thane Dis­trict.

Cidco has planned stage­wise de­vel­op­ment of NAINA project. The In­terim De­vel­op­ment Plan (IDP) for 23 vil­lages (37sq.km.) of NAINA was pub­lished on Au­gust 13, 2014. This area of 37 sq.km. is in prox­im­ity of Pan­vel ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion.

The IDP was sent to the state gov­ern­ment in Septem­ber 2015 by CIDCO af­ter the process of sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions through pub­lic hear­ing. CIDCO is how­ever still awat­ing sanc­tion for it for the past 10 months.

Mean­while, CIDCO had pro­posed to col­lect Rs2,385 per sqm as de­vel­op­ment charge. The pro­posal had come in for strong op­po­si­tion from the PAP and the de­vel­op­ers. A num­ber of com­plaints had been made in this re­gard to Cidco and the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment.

He added, “The charges will now be levied on the ba­sis of the vil­lage and its lo­ca­tion with the range be­ing be­tween Rs 1400 per sqm and Rs1800 per sqm.”

The of­fi­cial said, “Once the DP plan is ap­proved, the PAP and de­vel­op­ers seek­ing per­mis­sion for con­struc­tion will ben­e­fit from the re­duc­tion in charges. It will en­able an in­crease in the hous­ing projects in the area.”

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