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HC CLEARS CONSTRUCTION ON THREE CIDCO PLOTS

The Mumbai High Court cleared the construction of two multiplexes and a country club by private players on three CIDCO plots. The Mumbai High Court cleared the construction of two multiplexes and a country club by private players on three CIDCO plots. The court, in its order, reversed three separate orders of CIDCO canceling the allotments. CIDCO had allotted a plot each to Popcorn Entertainment and Platinum entertainment in Sector 11 in Airoli and near Kharghar Railway Station, respectively. The third plot on a Kharghar hill was allotted to Platinum Square Trust. However, it later cancelled all the three plots quoting the Shankaran Committee report, which stated that the allotments caused severe losses to the state body. The three companies then moved the high court, challenging CIDCO’s decision. The petitioners’ counsel contended that the three were singled out as no other allotments, where Shankaran Committee had reported massive losses, were cancelled. Also, the allotments were done by procedure, which appropriately followed the New Bombay Disposal of Lands Regulations, said the counsel. CIDCO, however, argued that the allotments were made without inviting tenders. CIDCO said that the plots would have fetched five times the rate at which they were allotted to the petitioner if tenders were invited. The High Court stated and I quote, “half-hearted action for reasons best known to it”. It also did not provide a copy of the Shankaran Committee report, which it cited while taking action against the petitioners, to the court. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.

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