Oppn demands that Sena neta resign over Kurla plot row
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.