Shiv Sena MLA from Pune Vinayak Nimhan, who is now in the camp of Revenue Minister of Narayan Rane, finds himself in an awkward position as his parents will launch an indefinite hunger strike to protest against political pressure because of which their ambitious residential scheme has come to a standstill.
Vinayak Nimhan's father Mahadeo and mother Savitribai have submitted a letter to Municipal Commissioner Nitin Kareer that their son had exercised political pressure to issue stop work notice to their residential project in the upcoming area of Pashan, which is very near to Hinjewadi IT Park.
Both of us are patients of high blood pressure and are undergoing mental torture. Nimhan's parents have stated alleging that their son used political influence to issue stop work notice to their project and civic officials are not responding despite the fact that they completed all the formalities and legalities.
Seventy-two-year-old Mahadeo Nimhan has warned that he, along with his wife, will undertake an indefinite fast in front of the office of City Engineer if the stop work notice was not withdrawn.
Vinayak Nimhan, however, strongly denies all the allegations. "I have been living separately from my family since 1990 and have nothing to do with the stop work notice. It is a totally administrative matter and the concerned party is free to go to the court to get justice", Nimhan said. Sena MLA said that there was no question of using political influence if the civic administration had found some errors in the project.
"The dispute is going on for more than six months and some NCP leaders were behind the entire controversy", he said.
The controversy assumes significance when civic elections are just few months ahead. Nimhan's family enjoys influence in the Pashan family but all of them are divided in political parties. In the last week, Vinayak Nimhan's younger brother Ganesh joined NCP. Vinayak Nimhan's wife, Swati was also a Sena corporator in the last term but lost the election with a wafer thin margin because of differences in the Nimhan family.
Chintamani Nimhan, another younger brother of Vinayak Nimhan told HT that the residential project, which is in the limelight, is situated on survey no 14/1B/1 of Pashan on three acres of land. He said that almost 80 residential flats will be coming up on the land, most of which have already been booked. The total area of the complex will be almost one lakh square feet, he said. Chintamani also alleged that his brother was using political influence to put hurdles in their project.
When contacted, City engineer Prashant Waghmare denied that there was any political pressure in issuing stop work notice to any construction in the city. Waghmare, who was in Delhi to attend a seminar told HT that he would inquire into the complaint made by Nimhan.