In a major boost to NCP in Navi Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadavnis has approved the demand of former Minister Ganesh Naik who demanded that all land in Navi Mumbai be changed from lease to freehold. It may be recalled that NCP in Navi Mumbai has been demanding this even when it was the Congress NCP regime ruling the state. In a public address in September 2018, Ganesh Naik took on both BJP MLA Manda Mhatre and Shiv Sena Dy Leader Vijay Nahata on the issue of ownership of land in Navi Mumbai. Speaking at a public event, Ganesh Naik said that the citizens should set aside both and demand for freehold policy for Navi Mumbai, that will make residents the complete owner of their properties and land in Navi Mumbai.
It may be recalled that Belapur BJP MLA Manda Mhatre had got the state approval for increasing lease from 60 years to 90 years. However, former Minister Ganesh Naik that citizens should not agree to this and said that freehold will make citizens rightful owners of their property.
On the other hand, Dy. Shiv Sena leader Vijay Nahata has been holding workshop and creating awareness on how housing societies and associations can get deemed conveyance. Ganesh Naik said that deemed conveyance deed also does not make citizens complete owners.
Raking up this crucial issue, former Minister Ganesh Naik has said that citizens should not accept this at all.
Earlier the state government had categorically stated that they can make land in Navi Mumbai freehold as its government-owned land. However, with election season nearing, CM Devendra Fadavnis has chosen the populist demand of freehold in the interest of Navi Mumbai citizens who have deprived of ownership of their properties and delayed process of redevelopment. With the Chief Minister Devendra Fadavnis announcement, Ganesh Naik led NCP has got a shot in the arm ahead of the election season. Bureau report – NMTV News.