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High Court issues notice to MCA, Maha, BMC on AAP PIL for the allotment of municipal land to MCA.

By on September 20, 2013

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The ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ has filed the PIL against the allotment of municipal land in suburban Kandivli to Mumbai Cricket Association on grounds that public property cannot be used for commercial purpose.

According to the PIL, the land measuring 39,950 square meters was allotted to MCA for training of youngsters in cricket on an application by Sharad Pawar, MCA President, but the association was using it for private purposes.

The allotment was sanctioned on adoption basis whereby the MCA could only maintain, beautify and manage the plot and not construct anything except a store room and watchman cabin. The MCA sought the agreement to be manipulated to develop gymkhana, club, stadium, swimming pool, recreation ground and so on. The agreement was executed on June 11, 2012.

“Open spaces are the property of citizens and are being arbitrarily and manipulatively given away to organisations owned by politicians,” AAP’s petition said. “A municipal plot cannot be given on lease, adoption or caretaker basis to any private party. The civic body has allotted a huge chunk of land on a mere request by Sharad Pawar instead of calling for tenders.”

The court has directed the BMC, MCA and state to file replies to the PIL within three weeks.

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