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CHIEF MINISTER ASHOK CHAVAN SET TO SCRAP PLAN FOR MANTRALAYA REVAMP

The Rs-1,400-crore Mantralaya makeover project, submitted by Indiabulls, is unlikely to see the light of day, with chief minister Ashok Chavan all set to reject the proposal for “lack of clarity” and the spate of allegations and counter-allegations about granting extra FSI. Eyebrows are being raised over the contract won by Indiabulls for the makeover project of Mantralaya. With the government not wanting to be dragged into any fresh controversy, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is all set to scrap the entire deal, said a senior Congress minister. The cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure was expected to meet on Wednesday, but the scheduled meeting was cancelled as Chavan was called to New Delhi by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Pressure is also mounting on the CM to review all major projects being offered on build-operate-transfer (BoT) basis in lieu of government land. Experts and bureaucrats have observed that Maharashtra was witnessing a new trend of offering prime land to leading builders for executing projects on BoT. Bureaucrats warned that in the future, the government would be left with absolutely no land in the metropolis. They have suggested that instead of offering prime land to private entrepreneurs, Mhada, MMRDA or Cidco should take the land on long-term lease for commercial exploitation.

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