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The Times of India: Land scam fallout: DP department chief shunted out.

MUMBAI: Barely a month after being pulled up for poor supervision in the Jogeshwari land scam, Sanjay Darade, chief of BMC’s development plan department, has been transferred to the less significant bridges department. Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Monday issued orders for his transfer.

The land scam inquiry report had suggested appropriate action against Darade.

The Supreme Court had ruled in favour of the land owner after the BMC did not present its case strongly. The plot is believed to be worth Rs 500 crore and the BMC wanted it for a public amenity. On July 27, the municipal commissioner had ordered an inquiry against the legal and DP department of the BMC for lax handling of the matter after it came to light that the apex court had dismissed the SLP.

Mehta ordered an inquiry against officials working on the case. Deputy commissioner Nidhi Choudhary had conducted the inquiry, which put the onus on civic officials for negligence resulting in BMC losing the prime Jogeshwari plot to a person claiming to be the owner.

As DP chief, Darade also held additional charge of the bridges department. However, following the Gokhale Bridge collapse and Hancock Bridge reconstruction being stuck, the department needed a full-time chief. The DP department, which is a key department in the BMC, directly reports to the civic chief, while the bridges department reports to additional municipal commissioner Vijay Singhal.