The Maha state government has ordered the BMC commissioner, the Mumbai suburban district collector, and a “competent authority” under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act to initiate action against Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) on count of violation of the ULC Act and Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP).
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced this while replying to a question raised by Sunil Prabhu, the Shiv Sena MLA from Dindoshi, on Tuesday.
In his reply, Fadnavis said, “L&T was given exemption under the ULC Act as per the state government’s decision dated 31 March 1978, and 25 April 1978, so that the company can use the land for industrial purposes. However, from the report received by the state government it is clear that the company has violated the provisions of ULC Act, so directions have been given to take action against company.”
Fadnavis further stated: “Besides this, for the conversion of industrial land into residential and commercial one, premium is payable to the state government, so the municipal commissioner and Mumbai suburban district collector have been asked to take steps to recover this premium.”
The municipal commissioner has been also asked to initiate action against the concerned municipal officials who gave permission for residential and commercial construction on industrial land, he added.
On August 13, 2015, Uday Dixit, 60, a former employee of L&T, had filed a complaint with the collector’s office about irregularities in the use of the land. Based on this complaint, State Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar had conducted two meetings with the complainant, L&T officials, the labour commissioner, and BMC officials.
In his complaint, Dixit had said: “The Maharashtra state government should have confiscated the vacant excess land from L&T Ltd for breaching the ULC exemption as it amounts to cheating and playing a fraud on the public.”
Mirror had on June 22 last year published a report on violations by L&T, and a stop-work notice issued by the BMC to the company.