Keeping its commitment made to National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) for allotting it an amenity space at Baner for setting up microbial culture collection centre, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has proposed to lease the land at 50 per cent of the actual rental to the NCCS, which is a public trust under the Union ministry of science and technology.
At the same time, the PMC has urged the police’s wireless department to choose any other plot owned by the civic body for construction of their quarters. The civic body has to provide a plot to the wireless department in return of their land used by the PMC for constructing a water tank. The police department had asked for the Baner plot, but the civic body proposal now says since the plot has been allotted for the NCCS, the former should suggest any other civic land.
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In a proposal tabled in the standing committee, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar has said that the PMC, which is in possession of amenity space of 6,068 square metres at Baner (survey number 89), has reserved 1,000 sqm for developing an ota market. “The remaining 5,068 sqm of land can be leased to the NCCS for 30 years without a tender process,” proposal says.
While the actual rental for the plot is Rs 3.08 crore for 30 years, the PMC has decided to lease it to the NCCS at 50 per cent of the actual rental as per the provisions of the leasing policy, considering that the NCCS is public trust under the Union ministry of science and technology.
“Thus, the standing committee and general body should approve the civic administration proposal,” the municipal chief has said in the proposal.
In its communication to the PMC, the NCCS has said that the union government has given go-ahead to it to take over the Baner land for constructing its own property for microbial collection centre and so the PMC should speed up the process. It said there was information that the PMC was committing the land for the police wireless department but the NCCS had sought land in the national interest and needed to be given priority.
Earlier, PMC’s land estate department had raised objections over allotting the land to NCCS at 50 per cent of the actual rental, but the legal department later clarified that the general body and standing committee could approve the decision for reduced rental since the NCCS was a public trust under a union ministry.
PMC standing committee chairperson Balasaheb Bodke said they would take a decision only after being convinced that it was legally possible to charge 50 per cent of actual rental or this would set a trend for others to demand similar discounts.