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CIDCO to take back land allotted to Chhagan Bhujbal’s educational trust

City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has asked Chhagan Bhujbal to return the land given his Mumbai Educational Trust (MET) for educational purposes.

CIDCO had granted the land to the MET run by Bhujbal in 2003 on condition they will construct and start the college within five years after from the date of hand over of the land. However, the land remained vacant even after 15 years. Noted activist Anjali Dmania has welcomed the CIDCO decision. The CIDCO has granted a plot number 15 in sector 14 at Sanapada in Navi Mumbai on October 18, 2003 on lease agreement.

As per the terms and conditions of the said agreement, the trust was obligated to submit the plans for the constructions within six months and commence the construction within one year and complete the same within five years.

The term expired on in 2008 and the MET failed to submit the plan and begin the construction work. During this period, MET first time applied for extension and CIDCO granted their request by extending the time up to 30/06/2008. But, MET failed to submit the plan even within the extended time. During the course of time, on December 23, 2011, after more than eight years, MET applied for extension of time to commence and complete the construction work by two years. It also submitted an affidavit on same day affirmed by it’s trustee Pankaj Chhagan Bhujbal, by stating the main reason for extension as ‘Non Availability and paucity of funds to commence and complete the construction’

According to Anjali Damania, MET requested for extension and the officials from CIDCO favoured the trust. She blamed the reason of financial paucity was a blatant false statement made on oath. She said, during the period from 2003 to 2011, the trust receives donations ranging from Rs 1.96 crore to Rs. 2.59 crore.

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