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Are PAPs Fighting A Lost Battle Against CIDCO In Belapur’s Irraissa Project?

Yet another tale of allegations and injustice for commercial exploitation of PAPs has surfaced in Navi Mumbai. This time it was echoed in the winter session of the Maharashtra State assembly by State Opposition Leader in Legislative Council Dhananjay Mundhe. Allegations are that eminent city builder Bhupendra Shah connived with CIDCO and a landlord to acquire 52000 sq meter plot at the foot of Parsik Hills. Calculated at being Rs. 1500 worth land, CIDCO had issued a show cause notice to Bhupendra Shah’s Irraissa in January 2016. Mundhe alleged in the house that the notice was withdrawn by CIDCO in June 2016. He questioned this dubious stand of CIDCO while demanding action in the matter. According to Waghivali Gramasth Samiti (the Samiti fighting for justice of PAP who owned the land), the state has stayed the construction of Irraissa on the land.

While PAPs are trying to get state intervention in the matter and looking into legally acquiring what they believe is their, builder Bhupendra Shah refutes all allegations. He states that CIDCO allotted the land to Mundra family who were the landlords of the land. And he has done a third party legal agreement with the Mundra family for buying the land.

Speaking to NMTV he said, “I have won case in the Bombay High Court against all allegations. I am here to develop projects and I entered into a legal agreement with the Mundra family, who are the lawful owners of the plot in CIDCO and have an agreement with CIDCO for the said plot. I have a reputation to protect and I plan to file contempt in court for dragging me in this case.”

This isn’t the first time that PAPs have alleged foul play by builder and CIDCO in a prime plot in Navi Mumbai. But if history of the allegations are anything to go by, Irraissa will be built and developed by the builder while no action will be taken against CIDCO, even if injustice has been done to PAPs in the case.

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