Mumbai: Opposition in the Maharashtra
Assembly on Wednesday alleged that there was a Rs 250 crore TDR scam
in the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar redevelopment scheme in
suburban Ghatkopar, and state minister Nitin Raut was involved
Demanding a CID probe, Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse
(BJP) and Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena) said there was a CD of the
conversation between the society members and the personal
assistant of the minister about the TDR deal.
Through Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) sale, extra
Floor Space Index can be transferred for a construction where
available FSI has been consumed.
Khadse said that Raut, who was minister of state for
housing in the previous government, was behind the scam and he
appointed his private assistant P B Jakikore as the
administrator for the housing society. This appointment was
illegal and without permission from Jarikote`s parent
department, he said.
Replying to allegations, current Minister of State for
Housing, Sachin Ahir, said the government had nothing to do
with the TDR sale, and he was unaware if the housing society
-- Shantisagar Society -- had struck any deal. He added that
his department had stayed the project, though 10 buildings had
already been completed and 600 tenements allotted to the
Promising an inquiry, Ahir said the letter of intent
given to the society had been revoked for the administrative
reasons and also the developer had not been given the
permission to sell flats to outsiders.
Originally, Khadse had raised a question about quota for
policemen in the redeveloped society.