Javadekar opposes AFK move to end lease of 140 Range Hill shops

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said he will meet Defence Minister A K Antony and MoS for Defence Pallam Raju on Monday to lodge a protest against Ammunition Factory Khadki move to put on bid some 140 shops in Range Hill estate.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: April 6, 2012 4:11:53 am

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said he will meet Defence Minister A K Antony and MoS for Defence Pallam Raju on Monday to lodge a protest against Ammunition Factory Khadki (AFK) move to put on bid some 140 shops in Range Hill estate.

Addressing media at the BJP office,Javadekar said the AFK decision would hit the livelihood of the shopkeepers who have been running the shops court order which hason lease for over 35 years. He said the AFK has misread the asked to issue tenders for seven shops in the Range Hill area which are of bigger size.

Javadekar said the shops for which the order has come are of larger size in comparison to other 140 shops in the areas. “These shops were given on lease to people nearly 35 years ago when the colony was set up in Range Hill. These shops are run for trades like tailoring and tea making and the order will hit the livelihood of the people,” he said.

Instead of the AFK pressing for tenders for the shops,it should continue with the present lease,Javadekar said, adding that the lease amount can be renewed. “The shops are being run by people on lease and the lease is renewed every five years,” he said.

Javadekar said earlier the AFK had decided to evict genuine people from authorised quarters in the Range Hill which the party had opposed. He said the party had opposed on the ground that the quarters were inhabited by defence employees who have been putting up there for years.

BJP cantonment board corporator Sunil Jadhav said the AFK has issued the tenders recently and some allotments were also put on hold after allegations of fraud in the tendering process. He said earlier when the forms were received by people,they had objected to the alleged fraud.

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