It’s a government resolution passed by the Sena-BJP government in July 1999 that made it easy for legislators and bureaucrats to corner prime plots of land across the city for housing societies, the yet-to-be-tabled CAG report has noted.
The GR was passed just before the government was ousted. It exempted public representatives/legislators from a monthly income limit for setting up a housing society on a plot gained at concessional rate. The order laid down an income range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 12,500 a month for individuals.
So, if you earned Rs 5,000 a month, you were entitled to a 27.87-sq metre (carpet area) flat and had to pay the government only 5% of the market value for the plot. The report said: “Grant of flat in Ashirwad society was enabled by the GR issued in July 1999, which was in the nature of an administrative policy.”
“If there was an income limit, legislators would have been barred from owning flats in such societies. The GR also ensured that bureaucrats got a plot by paying only 20% of the market value,” said a bureaucrat, on condition of anonymity. “It is after the 1999 GR that instances such as Adarsh have become blatant.”
It’s also after 1999 that bureaucrats and legislators started gunning for more than one flat in such societies. The report has pointed out that minister of state for tourism Ranjit Kamble and legislator Chandrakant Chhajed have flats in Ashirwad and Rajyog societies in Versova.
Former bureaucrat CS Sangitrao’s son has flat in Adarsh, while his brother and daughter have flats in Sai Prasad.
The membership to these societies was approved when these officials were in positions of power.
CM Prithviraj Chavan has now passed a rule that no one can own more than one flat in the state under concessional rates.