The state government has rendered the existence of the Maharashtra State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation untenable by taking away six of 17 prime plots originally allotted to it, director general of police and the managing director of the housing body Arup Patnaik said in an affidavit filed in the Bombay high court.
The affidavit was filed in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar raising grievance about the unilateral resumption of six plots, measuring 12,104 sqm and the subsequent construction of homes for retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officials and members of the legislature.
In his reply, Patnaik has said that the 17 plots of land were allotted to the police housing corporation back in March 1974, which formed a part of the housing body’s capital. However, in June 1988, the state government unilaterally resumed six of the plots and promised to hand over a plot measuring 48,560 square meters at Andheri. It also promised to pay Rs4.22 crore in lieu of the six plots, the affidavit states.
It further states that the Andheri plot was never physically handed over to the police housing body, and most of it is now occupied.
According to the affidavit, 12,050 sqm of the plot is occupied by the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, while the Patliputra Co-operative Housing Society of IAS and IPS officers covers 5,667 sqm. Though the balance area of 30,347 sqm lies vacant, an area admeasuring 19,337 sqm has been fenced by Akruti Builders, the affidavit adds.
The DGP has further said that as capital of the body was reduced to a great extent, the compensatory package has still not been made available. Thus, the very existence of the housing body has been made untenable by the state government.
Patnaik has, therefore, urged the court to direct the state government to handover the balance open land and transfer Rs39.66 crore — the promised amount of Rs4.22 crore plus interest at 9 % per annum — to the housing corporation.