Former BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta buys Nariman Point flat for Rs 5.3 crore – ET RealEstate

BY: Varun Singh

MUMBAI: Former municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, who was also the chief secretary of the state, has recently bought a flat in Nariman Point for Rs 5.3 crore. Mehta is currently the chief advisor to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The flat that Mehta bought is located on the 5th floor of Samata Co-operative Housing Society, on General Jagannath Bhosale Marg near Mantralaya. The carpet area of the flat is 1,076 square feet. The deal was finalised in October. Along with the apartment, Mehta has got two car parking spots in the building.

Mehta confirmed the deal to Mirror and added that he had bought it at market rate and that the documents are in the public domain. The market price of the flat is Rs 5.33 crore.

Mehta paid Rs 2.76 crore via RTGS, Rs 2.5 crore has been paid by him via a post-dated cheque of October 4, 2021. Rs 3.97 lakh (Rs 3,97,500) has been deducted as tax at source.

According to documents available, the stamp duty of Rs 10.68 lakh has been paid by the seller, Anamitra Properties Pvt Ltd, based in Pune. Anamitra Properties bought this flat in 2009, for Rs 4 crore from Ashish Manohar, son of late Justice Sharad Manohar. Ashish was the only legal heir of Justice Manohar, who died on October 4, 2000. The wife of Justice Sharad Manohar and his daughter had died earlier.

The Mumbai collector, on August 28, 2020, had granted the seller permission to transfer the flat by paying a transfer fee of Rs 16.80 lakh. This amount was also paid by the seller of the property. The seller, Anamitra Properties, did not respond to a detailed email sent to them regarding the deal.

About Mehta Mehta, a 1984 batch IAS officer, took over as the state chief secretary in May 2019. Before that, he had served as BMC commissioner for four years. He was to retire on September 30, 2019, but in view of the 2019 assembly polls, he was given an extension of six months, which was ending on March 31. He then got another extension, this time for three months, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He retired on June 30. He was then appointed as principal advisor of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

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Maharashtra government to build 8.82 lakh houses under Maha Awas Yojana – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched a new rural housing project named “Maha Awas Yojana,” under which 8.82 lakh rural houses will be built in 100 days period.

Maharashtra’s Rural Development department will undertake this project, which will include toilets and other necessary amenities.

Currently, the cost of the project has been estimated to be around Rs 4,000 crore. However, during the launch of the project, the Chief Minister has assured that funds scarcity will not be an issue.

A total of 8,82,135 houses are targeted to be built under this project by February end.

Rural development minister Hasan Mushrif, MOS Rural Development Abdul Sattar, and other offices of chief minister’s office and Rural development department were also present during the launch event yesterday at Sahyadri guest house.

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Residents in Pune against handing amenity spaces to builders – ET RealEstate

PUNE: Resident associations from across the city are readying to fight the civic body’s proposal to lease amenity space to private builders for development. At least eight resident associations submitted protest letters in this regard to municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar this week.

Citizens for Area Sabha, a citizen’s body, has also started an online petition addressed to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray against the proposal to handover more than 116 amenity spaces for private development. The petition has already received over 3,500 signatures.

Nitin Memane, president of Kharadi Residents Association, said objections from citizens’ forums of Kharadi, Baner, Pashan, Wanowrie, Sopanbaug and others, were handed to the Pune municipal commissioner on Monday. “Some of us later met the commissioner but he was only trying to counter our objections and asked why we were against the proposal. We have clarified that we do not want any sale or lease of the amenity land to private parties and want the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to develop the amenities,” Memane explained.

Vaishali Patkar, from Citizens for Area Sabha, said, “Based on media reports and the response to an Right To Information application we filed, we found out that over 116 amenity spaces in different parts of the city have been shortlisted for the proposal. We want to know who initiated this proposal to sell such prime real estate, why were citizens not included in the decision making and why PMC has not developed reservations as per the Development Plan (DP). We are compiling all the information we have collected to make a document to prevent handing over of the land to builders.”

Speaking on the issue, head of PMC’s estate department Rajendra Muthe stated that the proposal is at a nascent stage. “We have only mooted the idea now. We also want to make it clear that the said amenity spaces will be developed as per reservations for the land in the DP. If the DP states a garden or school must be developed at a particular space, it will be developed but with private partnership. The land will not be used to construct residential or commercial complexes,” Muthe clarified.

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