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T CHANDRASHEKHAR’S RESIGNATION FROM MHADA ONCE AGAIN BRINGS MASS CORRUPTION IN SRA SCHEME INTO SPOTLIGHT

chandrshekhar1Chief Executive of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, T Chandrashekhar, today resigned from service, two days after he was shunted out of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority. T Chandrashekhar – CEO of MHADA is said to have quit for “personal reasons”, and would be joining private sector, sources close to him said. In earlier stints as commissioner, he is credited with transformation of Nagpur and Thane. He was also credited with implementation of first phase of Mumbai Urban Transport Project. On Wednesday, he was relieved of the charge as CEO of SRA, and local media attributed the decision to pressure from builders’ lobby. Local Congress leaders were reportedly opposed to his working style, especially with reference to SRA projects. The officer had blocked 120 slum schemes earmarked for builders and suggested the state housing board develop them instead, provoking a backlash from Mumbai’s builder-politician lobby. Later there was some damage control by Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister RR Patil. He said he will try to persuade the IAS officer to withdraw his resignation from the service. In fact, his exit in these circumstances will be a blow to the state’s image. Whether or not Chandrashekhar will be persuaded to stay, the controversy has once again turned the spotlight on the large-scale corruption within Mumbai’s slum re-housing scheme. From Mumbai, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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