The fate of a 1,000 sq-metre plot of land in Mazgaon hangs in the balance with the civic body left with just seven days to clear the proposal and start the process of acquiring the open space, which is currently reserved for a recreation ground (RG).
On Monday, the proposal to acquire the plot was cleared by the improvements committee. However, the final not has to come from the civic general body.
However, while the deadline for the acquisition lapses on October 13, the general body meeting has been scheduled for October 14. When mayor Shraddha Jadhav was told that October 14 would be too late, she said, “The general body meeting has been scheduled on that day, but if this is the case, it will be rescheduled before October 13.”
On October 14, last year, a purchase notice of Rs 2.58 crore for the 1,000 square-metre plot in Mazgaon had been issued to the civic body by architect Prakash Ghariya on behalf of SK and SK developers.
The plot is owned by the state government, but has been leased to the civic body, which has further sub-leased it to the developers.
Under the civic body’s development plan, however, the plot has been reserved as a recreational ground.
The purchase notice deadline lapses on October 13 and in order to retain the reservation, the civic body has to begin the acquisition process before that.
If the notice period lapses — the reservation on the plot lapses within 12 months of the date of purchase notice served — the reservation would no longer be valid and the owner of the plot can use the land in any way he wants, to according to the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, section 127.
On the question raised by a member of the improvements committee about ownership of the plot, the civic body sought legal opinion.
The law officer said that the purchase notice has been rightly served and is valid.
“The committee has decided to purchase the recreational ground plot and now the proposal will be tabled before the general body soon,” said chairman of the committee, Manoj Kotak said.