MHADA gets back four acre land
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) took possession of the 1,60,000-square-ft (4-acre) Kalina plot from Arshad Ali Ansari of Maitree Developers.
Mirror was the first to report on October 17, 2012 how Ansari had allegedly usurped the prime property valued at Rs 500 crore.
“The plot of CTS number 5611 of 2,073 sq mt is partially reserved for a school so we are planning a residential scheme on the remaining part of the plot. The Floor Space Index (FSI) will be used for the school,” said Nikhil Nipane, deputy engineer MHADA.
As per the receipt given to the developer, CTS numbers 5611, 4913, 4914, 4916, 4917 and 5004 and survey number 298/8 have been returned unconditionally to MHADA.
“Some plots adjacent to the one with CTS number 5611 have been encroached. We are soon going to conduct a survey there. After the survey, we will write to the BMC to remove the illegal constructions on the land, and the eligible structures will be rehabilitated as per the procedures,” Nipane said.
Brian Miranda, former corporator of Kalina, said, “The residents’ associations and I have been following this issue since 2012. The plots should be used for the purposes they are reserved for. There is no international school in Kalina, and if MHADA can use this reserved plot for the same, it will be turn out to be very useful for the residents.”
With the developer’s decision to withdraw his claim and ‘hand over’ the said property to MHADA, a bitter battle has finally come to an end. Real estate developer Ansari, 45, has withdrawn from both Bombay High Court and city civil court his petitions staking claim to the plot.
MHADA on Tuesday put its boards on the plot. A copy of the ‘handing over and taking over receipt’ is with Mumbai Mirror.
“We have handed over entire property of four acres to BMC, it’s up to the MHADA to utilise the entire plot for the purpose it is reserved for,” said Ansari.