CIDCO has recently sold 3 commercial plots and 1 residential plot for Rs 79 crores. The Commercial plots were sold at the below rates:
4000 sq meter plot for Rs 1.06 lakhs a square meter
1365 sq meter plot for Rs 1.21 lakhs a square meter
555 sq meter plot for Rs 1.41 lakhs a square meter
The residential plot of 1180 sq meters was sold for 1.11 lakhs a square meter.
The FSI for commercial plots is 1.5 while it is 1 for the residential plots.
These were sold in a tender process.
CIDCO plays the demolition game again (navimumbairealestate.org)
The State Board for Wildlife (Maharashtra) will decide the fate of the Navi Mumbai airport today,24 Jan 2013.As stated in an earlier article,the airport land falls within 10 kms of the protected Karnala Bird sanctuary.
In early March 2012,Debi Goenka,of the Environment Action Trust,filed a complaint with the Chief conservator of Forests (Thane region) and he complained about it to Union environment secretary Tishya Chatterjee, asking the ministry to revoke the green clearance.
Goenka alleged that CIDCO officials had hidden the fact that:-
The Land earmarked for the airport contained 321 acres of reserved forest area.(Reserved forest land cannot be destroyed to develop the land in any way).
The Airport boundary wall is less than 10 kilometers from the Karnala bird sanctuary.(According to the Environment protection act,an airport cannot come up less than 10 kilometers from a wildlife sanctuary).
This was verified personally by Debi Goenka along with CIDCO officials.Later,the Chief conservator of forests conducted his own survey and found the allegations true.The distance was found to be less than 10 kms and the land revenue records showed that 321 acres were indeed Reserved forest Land.
Subsequently,the Chief conservator of forests,Mr.Pol, withdrew the permission saying “We have conveyed our objections to the principal secretary and the Navi Mumbai authority (CIDCO) will have to seek fresh permission from both the state wildlife advisory board and the central wildlife advisory board,” said Pol.
False Claims by CIDCO
Cidco claims that only 70 hectares of land falls under the eco sensitive zone (10 kms radius of Karnala bird sanctuary) and that Supreme court in its 2000 order had directed all state govts to mark eco sensitive zones coming under its jurisdiction and that State board of Wildlife had not yet earmarked the eco sensitive zone around Karnala bird sanctuary.However,interestingly,CIDCO officials cleverly avoid mentioning that the airport contains 321 acres of Reserved Forest area.Reserved forest areas cannot be developed under any circumstances.CIDCO had deliberately hidden this fact during the planning stages and later on.
The state board of wildlife will submit a report to the National board for Wildlife which will take a call on whether to give CIDCO the clearance or not.
The decision will be eagerly awaited.
Apart from these major hurdles,the proposed airport is also facing a land acquisition problem. It requires 2,042 hectares of land from which 1,405 hectares is already with CIDCO, but 485 hectares of land is privately-owned.
These private parties are demanding much larger compensation packages, thereby forcing infrastructure companies, including Larsen & Toubro,to question the viability of the entire project. Environmentalists are also putting pressure on the MoEF highlighting the ecological havoc the project will cause since it involves the diversion of two rivers, the Gadh and Ulwe and the decimating of 400 acres of mangrove forests.
In the light of these ‘new’ developments,the actual construction work is unlikely to start before 2014,provided the green signal comes from the Ministry of Environment and forests as early as possible.
The tendering process is yet to begin and once the winning bidder bags the project,it will take another six to eight months for the feasibility studies.CIDCO,which was to commence the levelling and filling of the land before construction,now has to wait for these clearances from the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF)
In light of these developments,it is anybody’s guess when or if the airport will ever come up here.
In the meanwhile,investors and flat purchasers wait with baited breath for the final decision of the ministry.
The Mumbai Suburban Collector Sanjay Deshmukh has decided to end the misuse and violation of land allotment agreements.Mr Deshmukh has recently cancelled the allotment of Jolly Brothers and Gyankendra Shikshan Sanstha and Shivshruthi Krida Kendra.Jolly brothers was allotted 60 acres of land near Kanjur marg railway station worth 3000 crores for Industrial purpose but was found to be in violation of the lease terms.Similarly,Gyankendra was allotted 4000 sq meters of land in Andheri but it was found that construction work was not completed in two years,as specified in the lease agreement.The ownership of the land has been transferred back to the govt.In the case of Shivshruthi,it was found that the organization had entered into an agreement with a developer to develop the land thereby illegaly creating a third party interest.Along with the above,more than 135 builders,housing societies and educational institutions have been served a notice after it was noticed that they too had prima facie violated the lease terms.
It may help to know that most of the 12.5% land allottees in Navi Mumbai are also in violation of the lease terms with CIDCO when they sign development agreements with builders.CIDCO has the powers to cancel all such land allotments provided a complaint is made to them.Buyers who are victims of such Development agreement scams are requested to approach CIDCO for cancellation of the same and re allotment in the favour of flat buyers/societies.CIDCO can then sign the Lease Deed directly with the Society and convey the land and building in the name of the Society.
The illegally redeveloped building in sector 9,Vashi is yet to be demolished.It helps to remind our readers that this 12 storied building in sector 9 was constructed on the spot of a CIDCO constructed society which was ‘redeveloped’.The commencement certificated for the building was revoked and a 1 month notice was served to the builder DG Shah.He was found to have submitted forged papers and had not got the required clearances from CIDCO.The CIDCO building was the Ashirwad JN type building.A total of 32 families were living in this complex before demolition.The builder had carried out more than 36-40 sq ft of illegal construction on each floor.The developer has apparently approached the court.
A meeting with the villagers of Ulwe on 31 july,2012,ended without a resolution as villagers demanded an astronomical amount of 20 crores per acre or 40% of the surrendered land as compensation.Earlier,CIDCO had acquired most of the Navi Mumbai land from villagers at a rate of 12.5% of the acquired land.The govt had agreed to give them 22% of the land surrendered to CIDCO for the airport but the villagers refused.The villagers have been stalling all land acquisition since last september on this demand.There are 7 villages that are demanding this.
Its worth mentioning that the airport was supposed to be functional by 2015,but going the way they are and withdrawal of the environmental clearance by the forest dept of Maharashtra,its anybody’s guess as to whether the airport will ever see the light of day.
A new land scam has come to light in CIDCO.Land officers in collusion with Lakshman Tandel,a farmer,forged documents to show that he was dead.,thereby getting a plot for each of his legal heirs under the 12.5% scheme of CIDCO.The plots were in Sector44,Seawoods.
The CIDCO officers are Anant Mathuram Dalvi (retired special land acquisition officer),Sheela Moreshwar Joshi (retired land survey officer from CIDCO),Ramesh Sonawane (current land survey officer,CIDCO),Dayanand Tandel (CIDCO clerk),the farmer Mr.Kunda,his wife,sons and married daughters.The case relates to the year 1989 and the case was registered in Belapur Police station.
Social activist Sandeep Thakur was the force behind this prosecution.