MUMBAI: Reservation for a hospital, a recreation ground and housing for the dishoused on the controversial Majas plot at Jogeshwari has been deleted.
It is the same property over which the municipal commissioner had filed a first information report alleging his remarks in the file to approach the Supreme Court had been tampered with. The landowners— Gyanprakash Shukla and Kamalashankar Shukla—are accused in the matter but are out on bail. The BMC has also launched departmental inquiry against 25 engineers from the development plan (DP) department, including former chief engineer Sanjay Darade.
The state urban development department issued an order on Tuesday informing that reservations on the plot, except for a DP road stand, lapsed and the “land shall be available to the owners for the purpose of development as permissible under the Development Plan.”
Explaining the reason for its decision, the urban development department in its order stated that the landowners had served purchase notices on the BMC in May 2014 to acquire the area measuring around 15 lakh square feet. In February 2015, the BMC rejected the notices and suo motu started the acquisition proceedings and submitted a proposal to the suburban collector in October 2017. “However, even after service of the notice, neither the land has been acquired nor the notification of land acquisition required under Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act published within the stipulated one year.
In November 2017, the Bombay high court held that the reservation stands lapsed. The BMC then filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the high court order. The SLP was dismissed.