Mumbai: Two redevelopment projects approved
by former state Chief Minister Ashok Chavan were halted by the
Maharashtra government after complaints of irregularities.
"Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has halted the projects
following complaints of irregularities," a senior official
from the Housing Department said.
The projects in suburban Malad and Chembur under the
controversial 3k clause of the SRA Act were cleared by Ashok
Chavan on November 11, 2010 a day after Prithviraj Chavan took
over as the Chief Minister, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had
The 3K clause in the SRA Act allows developers to bypass
the 70 per cent consent norm in the initial stages of
development. The government can also direct SRA to hand over
the slum land for redevelopment to a builder without tenders
under the clause.
The SRA had issued letters of intent to Lashkaria
Construction, which got a 55.27 lakh sq ft land in Malad and
Sterling Buildcon, which got 20.30 lakh sq ft in Chembur.
Claiming credit for the decision by the government,
Somaiya said he had exposed the matter and filed an PIL in the
Bombay High Court.