Following the controversy around the Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai, the promoters of a Nashik housing society — planned for senior police officers and bureaucrats on a four-acre plot near Deolali cantonment — decided it was best to return the land to the government after an organisation moved court against it.
Chetan Kamble, president of the Bhimshakti Vichar Manch, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay high court on January 29, alleging irregularities in the allotment of land to the society.
The land was to be used to rehabilitate residents of the Sanjay Nagar slum.
"Promoters of the proposed society (Maitree Sainik and Sarkari Karmachari Cooperative Housing Society) have returned the plot of land on February 2," Nitin Mahajan, resident deputy collector, Nashik told the Hindustan Times.
One of the conditions for allotting the plot to the society was that they would have to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the cantonment board. "They haven't received the NOC from the cantonment board. The board had also raised objections over the proposed society's approach road," Mahajan said.
P Anbaglan, Ahmednagar collector and a promoter of the society, said they had received the NOC. "However, the cantonment has not approved the plans. As there has been no progress from the cantonment side, we decided to surrender the plot," he said.
On August 29, 2009, the state government allotted the plot to a proposed housing society, which mostly had Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service officers as members, at a concessional rate of Rs33 lakh.
Members of the proposed society included Nitin Kareer, secretary to the chief minister, and Rajvardhan Sinha, former superintendent of police of Nashik, who also investigated the Malegaon serial blasts of 2006.