Housing authority could cancel plot allotments to politicians,trusts

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority may soon revoke the allotment of 39 of its 67 plots that were sanctioned during the tenure of former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 21, 2012 12:04:03 am

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) may soon revoke the allotment of 39 of its 67 plots that were sanctioned during the tenure of former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde.

These 39 plots were allotted to various trusts in the past but lease agreements have not been entered into as yet. According to MHADA vice president Satish Gavai,these are cases where the beneficiaries have not been handed over possession. “The decision on allotting these plots was taken by the state government sub-committee but the final handing over by MHADA to the beneficiaries was pending due to reasons such as non-payment of dues or want of certain compliances. While MHADA itself cannot take a decision on cancelling these allotments,we are drawing up a list which will be placed before the authority for appropriate action,” said Gavai.

The Sunday Express had in May reported about preferential allotment of over 20 hectares of MHADA land spread over 67 plots in Mumbai at throwaway prices. These allotments were made between 1999 and 2003 to politicians or their trusts by a state sub-committee comprising a handful of Congress and NCP ministers. Of these,52 were sanctioned when Deshmukh was the CM and 15 during Shinde’s tenure. The Bombay High Court pulled the plug on the arbitrary allotments in April 2004. “Once the list is ready,we will act on it as per the HC orders,” said Gavai.

Following the Express report,BJP leader Vinod Tawde asked CM Prithviraj Chavan to take back the plots that have not yet been built upon. According to Tawde,the value of the 20 hectares was a staggering Rs 5,000 crore.

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