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The mountain of 166 land acquisition works unsolved

Friday, May 19, 2017
By Philip Varghese

Even as the BMC paid Rs 540 crore to the Mumbai Collector Office for acquisition of 7,59,027.43 square feet of land, an RTI query revealed that the lackadaisical Collectors Office has yet to pass 166 proposals of land acquisition

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was unable to commence work on more than 166 reservation land due to the excessive delay in acquisition of land by the Collector office in Mumbai. This shocking state of affairs was brought to light through a Right to Information (RTI) enquiry by activist Anil Galgali.

A total number of 166 proposals of land acquisition sent by BMC are pending with the Mumbai Collector's Office after paying a whooping amount of Rs 539,75,16,990 for acquisition of 7,59,027.43 square feet of land. “Important projects like developing schools, playgrounds, gardens, roads, markets and parking lots in Mumbai city and suburbs have been hit by the lackadaisical attitude of the Collector office functioning under Government of Maharashtra. I had sought information related to the pending acquisition proposals which was sent by BMC to Collector. In fact, BMC had paid a huge amount for the acquisition of land. The huge amount of Rs. 539,75,16,990 is half of the cost of acquisition as stipulated under the law to begin the process of acquisition,” Galgali said.

Galgali has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking his intervention for immediate completion of projects and also seeking directions to the Mumbai Collector Office to be instructed to complete acquisition proceedings on a war footing.

Contracts collecting dust
Galgali also added, “I had initially sought information on two major road contracts in jurisdiction of Kurla -  L ward. First pertaining to Lathia Rubber Road in Sakinaka that crosses the Mithi river connecting it to Mumbai Airport. The second one was extension of Liyaquat Ali Road that is likely to cut down travel time between Kurla station and Bandra-Kurla complex by half. However, I realised that the Collector office has been mounting acquisition proceedings of major projects all over Mumbai and so these projects were stuck. A record number of 21 acquisition proposals of Andheri K-West ward are pending with the Collector. The details of ward wise projects are lying with the collector reflects that A-Ward had 8 projects pending with Collector, B-Ward 1, C-Ward 3, D-Ward 11, E-Ward 13, F-South Ward 2, F-North 1, G-South 2, G-North 2, H-West 2, H-East 4, K-East 10, P-South 9, P-North 12, R-South 4, R-Central 9, R-North 20, L Ward 5, M-East 8, N Ward 4, S Ward 7 and T-Ward 8.”

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