Oppn de­mands that Sena neta re­sign over Kurla plot row

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Op­po­si­tion in BMC has de­manded the res­ig­na­tion of Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor and im­prove­ment com­mit­tee chair­man Dilip Lande, stat­ing that de­spite hav­ing a vested in­ter­est, he tried to stall the ac­qui­si­tion of an open plot in Kurla.

The plot, marked as an open space in the de­vel­op­ment plan, has been en­croached upon by slums. BMC was to ac­quire it af­ter pay­ing the owner Rs 17 crore last year.

Based on the le­gal depart­ment’s opin­ion, the im­prove­ment com­mit­tee, led by Lande, de­cided to ac­quire it by pay­ing only Rs 3 crore to the owner, and utiliz­ing the re­main­ing amount for shift­ing slum-dwellers.

For­mer com­mit­tee chair­man Anant Nar re­cently moved the house, stat­ing that there were en­croach­ments and it was dif­fi­cult to shift the slum-dwellers to free the land as BMC does not have space, so it would be a waste of pub­lic money.

SP leader in BMC Rais Shaikh said strict ac­tion should be taken against those with mala fide in­ten­tion. “He has his res­i­den­tial premises-cum-of­fice on that plot, and there­fore was try­ing to en­sure it is not be taken over and de­vel­oped as a cru­cial amenity. We will be forced to protest be­fore the mayor if he does not re­sign,” said Shaikh.

Lande was not avail­able for a com­ment.

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