NAINA proposal to get state nod by January, says Cidco Fake Nerul doctor paid ` 40,000 for bogus degree
The development of the 23 villages in Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area ( NAINA) may soon be a reality, said City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco).
The state gover nment’s ap p r ova l for the Interim Development Plan (IDP), which was proposed in the first week of September, may come by January 2016, said Sanjay Bhatia, vice-chairman and managing director of Cidco.
While Cidco said the delay in approval was routine, some residents and developers said the objections raised against it have led the state government to study the issue further.
A number of complaints have reportedly been sent to the state by some residents and developers who claimed their suggestions had not been incorporated in the IDP.
“None of the suggestions of the residents and developers was taken into account by Cidco. It had appointed a private consultant for the preparing the IDP,” said Prakash Baviskar, president of NAINA builders’ welfare association.
“There are many shortcomings in the IDP such as more stress on cluster development and no plan for roads for the residential projects. Cidco seems more interested in getting plots next to the main roads,” said Baviskar, who has written to state housing development and labour minister Prakash Mehta.
“Owing to the public meetings against NAINA, the government has been forced to take a closer look at the issue. Hence, despite Cidco’s claims that the sanction will come within a month, it has been delayed,” said Mahesh Patil, a resident.
Cidco has however dismissed the suggestion.
“The delay was because it took a lot of time to explain to the people the benefits of pooling. We have, in fact, succeeded in it,” said Bhatia. “We had sought suggestions and objections from residents after preparing the draft IDP. Almost 80% of the suggestions were incorporated. After the necessary changes, the IDP was sent to the state government.”
“We have given options of pooling 4 hectare (ha) in gaothans and 7.5 ha or 10 ha outside gaothan areas. In case of 10 ha, the land owners will get 60% of the land with 1.7 floor space index. Of the 40% we will use 25% for open spaces and utilities and 15% will be used later for commercial purpose to recover the cost. In case of 7.5 ha it will be a 50:50 arrangement,” said Bhatia.
“It is a Rs7,400-crore project and it is normal at the state government level to take some time for sanction of such projects,” said Bhatia.
A day after a 45-year-old Nerul resident was arrested for practising as a doctor with a fake degree, the Nerul police have revealed details of the investigation.
According to the police, Dattatrey Agde, had been practising for the past 18 years with a degree that he had purchased for Rs40,000.
Agde had submitted his degree to the municipal corporation. Neither the corporation, nor the hospitals and doctors he worked for bothered to verify the certificate in all these years.
Agde was arrested following a complaint by Vaishale Andhale, 30, a resident of Sector 6 in Nerul, who lost her husband Uttam, 40, who was being treated by Agde.
“In October last year, my husband had pain in the left shoulder owing to work out in a gym. We went to Agde, who practised in our area. He gave diclofenac injection in his left waist. The area soon turned blue and started to hurt,” said Vaishale.
According to Vaishale, when they visited Agde again, he gave the same injection on the right side. After Uttam’s condition worsened, he was taken to various hospitals. He died in Sukham Hospital, Panvel, owing to gangrene infection.
Andhale had then complained to the police that her husband had died owing to wrong treatment by Agde. She had also suspected his credentials.
“I found out that he had a BAMS degree from Dr Babasaheb A m b e d k a r U n i ve r s i t y in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. I wondered why a Maharashtrian would go to Bihar to get a degree,” said Andhale.
“The report from the Maharashtra medical council said Uttam had died because of wrong injections given by Agde,” said deputy commissioner of police (zone I) Shahji Umap.
“Our team went to Bihar and found that the certificate was bogus. The serial number belonged to another doctor,” said Umap.
According to Sangeeta Alphonso, senior police inspector of Nerul police station, “In 1996, Agde had managed to get a degree and marksheet in his name by paying Rs40,000. We are investigating the source of the degree.”
Agde, who was arrested on Wednesday, has been booked for causing death due to negligence, fraud and other related crimes. He has been remanded in police custody till December 2.