HomePress ReleaseTHE AFTERNOON DESPTACH: MHADA to take over plot allotted to Gavaskar.

THE AFTERNOON DESPTACH: MHADA to take over plot allotted to Gavaskar.

The Mumbai board of MHADA is all set to take back possession of the plot of land located near Rang Sharda auditorium, at Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W), allotted to Sunil Gavaskar Cricket Foundation Trust (SGCFT), to set up an indoor cricket academy, 30 years ago.

MHADA had leased out a plot of land located at MHADA maidan no. 2 (admeasuring 2,000 sq m) to SGCFT on June 10,1988. The terms and conditions of the original agreement were revised on July 6,1999 and November 29, 2002, before being revised again on September 14, 2007. The trust had proposed to build an indoor stadium, health club, fitness centre, gymnasium, swimming pools, squash court, cafeteria and a trainees’ hostel.

The trust had sought government permission to commercially exploit certain portion of the plot and had also agreed to pay the state government 50 per cent of the profit that would be made from the activities there. Similarly, government had decided to nominate the Director (Sports) as a member of the board of trustees of the trust. The trust had also sought permission to raise money from private parties to undertake construction work. However, since the trust could not get funds, work did not start.

In view of the non-utilisation of plot, around Rs 3.46 lakh pending lease rent and failure of the trust to respond to notices, MHADA began the process of recovering the plot in August 2011. But, the matter remained pending. MHADA then moved in and occupied the land.

Now MHADA has begun the recovery process afresh. Speaking to the ADC, MHADA executive engineer Dilip Garje confirmed that the process has been started afresh and soon the plot will be taken back after officially terminating the agreement. At present a developer has built a temporary transit camp to house those displaced in the redevelopment of the Bandra Reclamation transit camp, he added.

Faced with the challenge of creating hundreds of thousands of low cost houses, MHADA has begun taking stock of unutilised land parcels leased to institutes/ individuals.

Some time back, the government had drawn flak for giving a plot (2000 square mtrs) located at Versova in Andheri, worth Rs 70 crore for a paltry Rs 1.75 lakh, to set up a dance academy to actress and BJP MP Hema Malini. She had already paid an advance of Rs10 lakh in 1997 and was allotted the plot after around 19 years.

Hundreds of acres of land in the state had been given away earlier under a government policy. The beneficiaries include politicians like Sharad Pawar, Pratibha Patil, D Y Patil and Narayan Rane; artists like Naushad Ali and Hari Prasad Chaurasia; hospitals like Bombay, Lilavati, Kokilaben Ambani hospital, institutes like Cricket Club of India and several gymkhanas.