‘No purpose served by demolishing film institute’

Whistling Woods is a joint venture between Mukta Arts and the state-run Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation Limited.

Mumbai: The lawyer for Whistling Woods, a
film institute set up by Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai,
on Friday argued that dismantling it would be pointless.

"Demolishing it will serve no purpose...It is one of the
top-ten film institute in the world...Hollywood Reporter (a
US-based publication) has said so," argued senior counsel PK Dhakephalkar.

A PIL filed by Latur-based Rajendra Sontakke has
questioned the allotment of land to Ghai`s institute, based on
observations in a report prepared by the Comptroller and
Auditor General.

He has also challenged the allotment of land to a trust
run by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in
Latur.

Whistling Woods is a joint venture between Ghai`s Mukta
Arts and the state-run Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural
Development Corporation Limited. It was given a 20-acre plot
of land in suburban Goregaon in 2000.

The petition states that according to CAG, Whistling
Woods got the land at a very low rate resulting in loss to the
exchequer.

Dhakephalkar submitted that his client was ready to pay
the market price of the land at the time of allotment, and
revise the revenue sharing ratio with the government.
The hearing will continue on Monday.

PTI

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