Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse has alleged rampant corruption in slum rehabilitation schemes in the city.
Initiating a debate on the issue, Khadse alleged the Urban Development and Housing departments, headed by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, had favoured certain developers.
Khadse said rules were violated while approving SRA (Slum Rehabilitation Authority) proposals moved by builders such as Ackruti Developers.
He also alleged there was a government-builder nexus in developing a project at Marol-Maroshi. Khadse pegged the value of the scams were worth more than Rs one lakh crore.
Chavan will reply to the allegations on Tuesday.
Khadse alleged Ackruti Developers and its associate companies had moved SRA proposals in Andheri, Mulund, Bandra, MIDC Marol, Tardeo-Tulsiwadi and Sion. “The proposals were approved quickly and the government ignored other parties that had the legal support required for the schemes. Land reservations were not considered while approving the schemes,” he said.
NCP legislator Shashikant Shinde supported Khadse and demanded an inquiry. “We want to know if Ackruti Builders are out to buy the city. Bring the company to book if it is guilty,” Shinde said.
Khadse also made allegations of corruption in sanctions accorded to Akriti’s proposals for redeveloping Bandra’s government colony and Ambivali’s government press colony.
Khadse added that rules were flouted by not getting approvals from the Revenue, Forest and Environment departments, especially in Sion where mangroves will be cut off. Khadse said the developer of Royal Palms estate did not use the land for the amusement park it was reserved for. “The developer built houses and buildings and sold these in the open market flouting all norms.”
Khadse also questioned the City Industry and Development Corporation’s (Cidco) and Videocon’s joint venture for an LCD panel-manufacturing unit for which Cidco has allotted 100 hectares of land.
The issue of irregularities in Hiranandani Group’s housing scheme in Powai resurfaced. Khadse wanted to know the status of the recovery of the fine of Rs 2,000 crore imposed on the developer.