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Maharashtra to probe L&T’s residential project in Powai

Refuting all the allegations, the firm says it obtained all the permissions before starting the project

mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2017 23:58 IST
Faisal Malik
Dr Ranjit Patil, minister of state for home, said the probe will be conducted by a senior IAS officer.
Dr Ranjit Patil, minister of state for home, said the probe will be conducted by a senior IAS officer. (HT file )

The state on Friday said it will probe the allegations of misuse of industrial land in Powai by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) for building a residential project without obtaining ‘change of use’ permission from the government.

The announcement was made after legislators alleged that the company did not take permission from the state for changing the status of the industrial plot before constructing a residential project on it. The probe will be conducted by a senior IAS officer, on par with the principal secretary, said Dr Ranjit Patil, minister of state for home.

“The investigation will be completed in two months. The government will also file criminal case, if it finds violations,” said Patil in his reply to the calling attention debate.

He added that action will be also taken against government officials under Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP) if found guilty of providing permissions despite violations by the firm.

The issue was raised by legislators across party lines in the lower house. Shiv Sena legislator Sunil Prabhu alleged it was a Rs400 crore scam. While BJP’s Ashish Shelar said the BMC has issued stop work notice to the project for lack of NOC from director of the Urban Land ceiling.

Company speaks
Refuting all the allegations, the firm said it had obtained all the permissions before starting the project. It said the project is being built on a freehold land and not on an industrial plot.

In an e-mail response, an L&T spokesperson said the firm owns two types of plots in Powai. One has been allotted by the government for industrial use and the other purchased by the firm from private parties. The residential project is being built on the freehold land purchased from private parties and that too after obtaining all the necessary permissions from the state and the civic body, the spokesperson said.

“The ULC Act was repealed in 2007 and L&T started the development in 2011. Further, the matter pertaining to the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULC) is sub-judice and under the purview of the Bombay high court. The stop work notice issued by the BMC was subsequently withdrawn in view of the high court’s order,” read the statement.