Minister of state for home Ranjit Patil has ordered an inquiry by a principal secretary on charges that Larsen & Toubro (L&T) misused land near Paspoli in Powai area of Mumbai, meant for industrial use to build ten 24 storeys towers for residential purposes. Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu alleged that the irregularity was worth Rs 400 cr.
“We will inquire into allegations under the Mumbai Regional and Town Planning Act. We will examine whether a no-objection certificate was taken under the Urban Land Ceiling provision and if BMC officials violated laws,” the minister of state said. The result of the inquiry should be ready in next two months, said Patil.
The minister said criminal cases would be lodged against the directors of the company and BMC officials if they were found guilty.
Prabhu said the construction had come up on surplus ULC land. He said L&T took permission for construction from the BMC and changed the land use from industrial to residential. “The company should have paid a fee to the government and the BMC but this was not done,” the Shiv Sena MLA said. He said there had been a violation of the MRTP Act, ULC laws and Development Control Rules.
BJP MLA Ashish Shelar also alleged that there was a nexus between corrupt BMC officials and the company. The company had not taken necessary permissions from the municipal corporation, and it ignored district collector's order to stop the construction. “There should be strict action in this case,” he said.