NMMC Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane alleges scam in crematorium plot by MIDC at Rabale


Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane has alleged that MIDC has usurped reserved plots and demanded that it transfer them to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

He has submitted a memorandum to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. He said that if the demand is not met, he will move court.

“As per the 7/12 records, the plots were reserved for a crematorium. Around 4,000 sqm of MIDC land has been sold after changing reservation,” alleged Sonawane at a press conference at NMMC headquarters on Thursday.

Sonawane said, “MIDC regional officer Sandeep Devre has changed the reservation of the plot for cremation and burial ground at Saibaba Nagar and of the Buddh community burial ground behind Aniket hotel and sold them.”

He alleged, “The documents of 80% of small-scale entrepreneurs to whom the plots have been sold are bogus.”

Sonawane claimed that he got the information through right to information (RTI), stating that MIDC officials had taken three months to submit the details.

“I have asked the chief minister to stay the sale of the plots. I am planning to approach the court if a decision is not taken,” he said.

Sonawane said that the owner of Aniket Lodge Ramakant Sonawane wanted the plot next to the hotel for additional construction.

The MIDC refused him, saying it was reserved for a crematorium. Now that the plot has been demanded for a crematorium, the MIDC has said that it was never reserved for a crematorium.

MIDC SPEAK When contacted, Sandeep Devre said, “The allegations made by the mayor are baseless. The plots sold were not reserved plots. All the plots were sold after tender process. The plots that have been sold without floating tenders were approved as per the norms by the MIDC director board.”