Adarsh: ‘Def min kept in dark over road widening’

Last Updated: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 23:01

Mumbai: Former bureaucrat and an accused in
the Adarsh scam Ramanand Tiwari today admitted before the
inquiry commission that Maharashtra government had not sent
any notice to the Defence ministry while deciding on a plan to
widen a road in front of the highrise in south Mumbai.

During a cross examination by the counsel for Ministry of
Defence, Aniket Nikam, Tiwari was asked if a notice was sent
to the Army before widening of the road as it falls in defence
area, to which the former state information commissioner
replied in the negative.

Tiwari also denied that the Bombay Electricity and State
Transport (BEST) had sought the land adjacent to the 31-
storey building for the purpose of constructing officers`
quarters.

The plot which was reserved for BEST was dereserved to
residential type and the Floor Space Index (FSI) was granted
to Adarsh society.

During questioning by Dipan Merchant, counsel for the
panel, Tiwari said that BEST did not on its own make a request
for deletion of the reservation of the plot in its favour.

The commission subsequently asked him if he thought it
would have served greater public interest if the adjacent plot
would have been used for housing the BEST employees, to which
Tiwari replied in the negative.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 23:01

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