The civic improvements committee postponed the decision on purchasing the Vile Parle plot, which is reserved as a recreation ground, for at least two weeks. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tabled the proposal before the committee on Thursday.
On June 21, advocate AH Chheda, on behalf of Pareen Corporation, had issued a purchase notice of Rs 3.34 crore for the 1,054 sq m plot to the BMC.
The plot is reserved as a recreational ground and partly for public housing in the city’s development plan.
However, 19 residential structures have encroached upon the area. These structures will have to be razed if they are illegal or if legal, and the residents will have to be rehabilitated at a cost of Rs 41.88 lakh. This cost will be deducted from the total cost of the plot.
As the purchase notice deadline lapses on June 20, 2011, to retain the reservation the municipal corporation has to begin the acquisition process.
While the Congress was keen to clear the proposal, the ruling party [Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance] postponed it till the next meeting, which will be held after Diwali.
“Don’t postpone it… the proposal also has to be cleared in the general body meeting. It should not be held till the last date like a few earlier proposals,” said committee member from Congress, Upendra Doshi.
Manoj Kotak, chairman of the improvements committee, replied: “We have enough time to discuss the proposal.”