Minister’s nod for MP Mill Compound illegal
Additional chief secretary (housing) Sanjay Kumar has said in his deposition before the Lokayukta, justice M L Tahaliyani, that the controversial MP Mill Compound proposal approved by housing minister Prakash Mehta last June was in blatant violation of slum redevelopment rules. Following a TOI report on July 12 last year, the proposal was stayed by CM Devendra Fadnavis.
The proposal was in violation of Development Control rules, and if it were accepted, nearly one lakh sq ft of area would be available to the developer as sale component, that too at the same spot in south Mumbai.
When the proposal was submitted to Mehta, he wrote on the file that the CM had been briefed on the matter and after a resolution by the society’s general body, the government would get tenements for project-affected persons. Following the minister’s remark, the housing department wrote to the SRA chief executive officer that any order should be passed keeping in mind the Maharashtra Slum (Improvement, Removal and Redevelopment) Rules as well as DC rules.
There are 1,969 tenements on the land. Under the rules, it is binding on the builder to provide a tenement of 225sq ft; this was later increased to 269sq ft. The developer submitted that instead of the additional area of 44sq ft, he would provide tenements elsewhere for PAPs and in lieu asked for permission to retain an incentive area of one lakh sq ft.