Former urban development secretary Ramanand Tiwari on Wednesday told the Adarsh Inquiry Commission that he did not consult the chief minister over the objections raised by MMRDA and MSRDC over the reduction of the Prakash Pethe Marg.
Tiwari claimed that he did not consult with the CM even though it was a practice in his department to put up such letters before the CM.
“I do not remember having consulted the CM in connection with the objections raised by the MMRDA and MSRDC regarding reduction in width of Capt Prakash Pethe Road,” Tiwari told the Adarsh Commission.
MMRDA, which is the special planning authority for the area in which Adarsh Society falls, had submitted a draft development plan to the urban development department in 1994. Under the plan, Prakash Pethe Marg running close to the land (UDD) on which Adarsh Society came up was to be expanded to 60 metres.
The UDD in February 2001 issued a notice directing MMRDA to reduce the road's width from 60.97 metres to 18.92 metres. MMRDA had earlier claimed that it had thrice asked UDD to reconsider the decision.
Tiwari in his deposition on Wednesday claimed that eventhough it was a policy in his office to put up such objections before the CM, he did not do it. “It was the practice in my department to put up such letters for decision before the CM,” he said.
Tiwari said that the MMRDA had not raised any substantial objections to the proposed reduction.
Tiwari served for six years as principal secretary of urban development from 2002 to 2008 during which Adarsh society got regulatory clearances.
Tiwari’s son Omkar has a flat in the Adarsh Society. There are allegations that Tiwari had used his authority to give clearances to the society and has been charge sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
He was also removed as state information commissioner after reports of the scam.