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Shiv Sena postpones policy to renew 4,177 plots’ leases in Mumbai

Shiv Sena had in 2016 rejected the policy as the properties under renewal included Mahalakshmi race-course which the Sena wanted to develop as a theme park.

mumbai Updated: May 12, 2017 00:38 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
A Sena leader Shraddha Jadhav said, “The BMC has long been asking to develop a theme park at Mahalakshmi race-course,” senior civic officials said that approving the policy would not give Sena’s plans a go-ahead as the state is yet to pass a directive on it.
A Sena leader Shraddha Jadhav said, “The BMC has long been asking to develop a theme park at Mahalakshmi race-course,” senior civic officials said that approving the policy would not give Sena’s plans a go-ahead as the state is yet to pass a directive on it.(File photo)

The Shiv Sena postponed a policy decision to renew leases of 4,177 plots in the improvements committee meeting held in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday. Sena leaders said that they need a list of all the plots up for renewal and a detailed presentation about the policy.

This is the second time that the ruling party in the civic body rescheduled the matter. The Sena had in 2016 rejected the policy as the properties under renewal included Mahalakshmi race-course which the Sena wanted to develop as a theme park.

Of the 4,177 plots, the lease of 242 has expired and needs immediate renewal. Without a policy in place, neither can the BMC charging for the plots according to their market value nor can the leaseholders redevelop their plot.

Ramakant Rahate, Sena corporator, said, “Apart from the racecourse and the Wellingdon sports club, we don’t know about the other up for renewal apart. We need the entire list before we make a decision.”

While another Sena leader Shraddha Jadhav said, “The BMC has long been asking to develop a theme park at Mahalakshmi race-course,” senior civic officials said that approving the policy would not give Sena’s plans a go-ahead as the state is yet to pass a directive on it.

The state government had earlier this year proposed a separate renewal policy for Mahalakshmi race course and certain other clubs and gymkhanas. Mahalakshmi’s 99-year-old lease expired in 2013 and because of Sena’s plans, its status has been in a limbo.

Chandrashekhar Chore, deputy municipal commissioner of improvements, said, “Most of these buildings are dilapidated and need to be redeveloped immediately. We are looking at resolving many issues with this police so there needs to be more discussion on it.”

The proposed policy includes a penalty for violators to be charged at 3.75% of the ready reckoner rate. In case of delayed payment, the BMC will charge an extra 18% interest, it stated.