Members of Mumbai University's senate will write to vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar seeking an explanation on the state government handing over half of a four-acre plot meant for a central library for the university to a private developer to build luxury apartments.
“We want to know the exact terms of conditions on which the Kalina land was transferred to the state government. This land should be used for educational purposes only,” said Dilip Karande, a member of the senate, the highest governing body of the university.
HT had on Thursday reported that the government had entered into an agreement with Indiabulls Real Estate under which the developer would build the library on two acres and in return, be allowed to build residential apartments.
In return, be allowed to build residential apartments on the remaining two acres.
The University of Mumbai Academic Staff Association (UMASA) will also take up the issue in its general body meeting on Friday.
“We need to examine this carefully and take it forward from there,” said Neeraj Hatekar, executive committee member, UMASA.
University sources, who declined to be named saying they were not authorised to speak to the media, said the transfer documents clearly state that the land was transferred to the government only for the purpose of building a library.
Now, Indiabulls has a 42-month deadline to build a library on half the land.
“In a time when everyone is stressing on greater access to higher education, including in Maharashtra, it is appalling that the state is handing over land meant for educational purposes for luxury apartments,” said a senior university official.