It has been a while Navi Mumbai citizen’s heard from a leader, who is synonymous to the name Navi Mumbai. Ganesh Naik : former Thane Guardian Minister and NCP stalwart Ganesh Naik seems to be back in public. This time he 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 Navi Mumbai residents have bought homes in Navi Mumbai that are on lease for a period of 60 years. He said that there are plans to increase the lease period to 90 years. And then there is deemed conveyance. Ganesh Naik has 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 taken up issue of leasehold-freehold that was pending for several decades. Maharashtra government accepted this and Navi Mumbai residents can now pay 30% premium and own freehold land for a period of 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.
The issue raised by former Minister Ganesh Naik attains significance as the state government has categorically stated that they can extend lease period for Navi Mumvbai citizens but can’t part with government-owned land. That’s why it has been decided that the state will give all the benefits of freeholding to the lease-holder who pays the premium for 90 years, but not part with ownership. Raking up this crucial issue, former Minister Ganesh Naik has said that citizens should not accept this at all.
While the BJP government in the state has sanctioned 2.5 FSI for Navi Mumbai, in reality its been over four years and yet the city has not seen one project executed under redevelopment. The talks of 51% approval for redevelopment, 2.5 FSI and deemed conveyance are now being seen as tactics to win citizens trust without giving real relief of new homes. This has given the leverage to NCP to go into attack mode against the BJP – Shiv Sena combined government and Ganesh Naik has hit the nail on its head by advising citizens to demand complete ownership of their land. The tallest leader of Navi Mumbai has again roared back into action. Bureau report – NMTV News.