State to con­struct af­ford­able houses on salt-pan land in city

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Sud­hir Suryawan­shi sud­[email protected]­

The state gov­ern­ment has con­sti­tuted a high-level com­mit­tee to study the pro­posal of con­struc­tion of one lakh af­ford­able houses on salt pan land by Shapoorji and Pal­lonji de­vel­op­ers at Bhandup­kan­jur­marg.

On June 11, the gov­ern­ment is­sued the no­ti­fi­ca­tion on for­ma­tion of the study com­mit­tee for af­ford­able houses on salt-pan land. Un­der the hous­ing for all scheme, the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the state gov­ern­ment, has de­cided to con­struct 10 lakh houses in the next five years in the state to pro­vide shelter to the needy.

As a part of this project, the state gov­ern­ment has de­cided to de­velop the Arthur and Jenk­ins owned salt-pan land at Bhandup-kan­jur­mag. The no­ti­fi­ca­tion stated: “Shapoorji and Pal­lonji had sub­mit­ted the pro­posal to con­struct the one lakh af­ford­able houses on this par­tic­u­lar land. The com­mit­tee con­sti­tuted with sec­re­tary fi­nance, hous­ing, rev­enue, ur­ban and law will be mem­bers. The sec­re­tary fi­nance will be the head of this com­mit­tee. It will sub­mit its fea­si­bil­ity re­port in the next two months to the gov­ern­ment. After that, the fi­nal de­ci­sion of con­struc­tion of af­ford­able houses over this salt pan land will be taken”.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the gov­ern­ment has framed some guide­lines for this pro­posed com­mit­tee. It says the com­mit­tee should sub­mit its re­port stat­ing the pur­pose for us­age of salt-pan land.

State Congress pres­i­dent Ashok Cha­van raised the tim­ing of this cru­cial pro­posal.

“The en­tire pro­posal seems to be fishy. The BJP led gov­ern­ment has asked the com­mit­tee to sub­mit the pro­posal in the next two months. In­ter­est­ingly, state elec­tions are also two months away. We need more clar­ity be­fore giv­ing away salt-pan lands to any de­vel­oper,” Cha­van said.

NCP spokesper­son San­jay Tatkare said al­leged that it is a pro­pa­ganda to raise the elec­tion funds for BJP.

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