50 gunthas land reserved for bus depot becomes 78 gunthas
The Asheesh Sharma-led PCMC administration is in trouble over its alleged attempt to dereserve a plot of land earmarked for a bus depot. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Shiv Sena on Wednesday alleged that PCMC administration was trying to mislead the government and the citizens by seeking to dereserve a prime piece of land for commercial gains.
At a press conference in Akurdi today,the Shiv Sena said a proposal will come up for discussion before the civic general body meeting on February 13,seeking approval for construction of a shopping mall,an auditorium and a PMPML depot on a 78 gunthas of land in Bhosari behind Sant Dnyaneshwar hospital. “The land as per civic records actually is only 50 gunthas. Yet,the administration is trying to tell the world that the land is 78 gunthas. This is nothing but an attempt to mislead one and all,” said Sarang Kamthekar,deputy city chief of the Shiv Sena.
Kamthekar said in 2003 the PCMC administration had got the proposal for 78 gunthas land okayed from the civic general body and then it was sent to the state government for its approval. “Till date,the state government has not approved the proposal sent in 2003. And now the PCMC administration is seeking to build a shopping mall,an auditorium and a bus depot on BoT basis,” said Sena corporator Seema Savle,who was also present at the press conference.
Producing the copy of PCMC’s correspondence with the then PCMT officials,Kamthekar said,”In all the communication that PCMC had with PCMT officials,they have mentioned the area of the Bhosari land as 50 gunthas. We have at least four letters of communication between PCMT and PCMC. In all these letters nowhere it has been mentioned that the land measures 78 gunthas. Then how come the land has suddenly become 78 gunthas?,” he asked.
Kamthekar said in 1980,the land was given to PCMC for public purpose by the Chinchwad Devasthan Trust. “That time,the land handed over by the trust measured 17 acre 30 gunthas. It was divided for various public purpose which included 50 gunthas for bus depot. This is clearly mentioned in the civic reservation book. The reservation number mentioned is 422,” Kamthekar said.
When contacted,Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma denied that his administration was trying to dereserve the Bhosari plot. He said the administration was waiting for the approval of the proposal sent to the state government in 2003. “Since allegations have been made,I will look into it,” Sharma said.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Subhash Dumbare said,”I have once again verified the docket which will be placed before civic general body meeting on February 13. It clearly mentions about 40 gunthas of land and not 78 gunthas.” He said he was waiting for information from the Town Planning department. He said it was not deservation but modification in the reservation,that is being sought by the administration. Among others,former Sena MLA Gajanan Babar,Sena Pimpri-Chinchwad chief Bhagwan Walherkar,Kumar Jadhav,BVS district chief Santosh Matutre,Romi Sandhu,Pandurang Patil,Vijaya Jadhav,Prakash Babar and Raghunath Wagh were present at the press conference.