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Empress Mall, hotel built on industrial land

NAGPUR: In an irregularity that has come to fore now, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) officers sanctioned building plan of Empress Mall and hotel on business consumer land in 2009 and 2010. Now, the present officers have made it mandatory for the developer, KSL and Industries Limited, to get the consumer changed from business to residential and commercial.

The irregularity has come to fore in the inquiry file submitted by three-member committee of most sensible officers — further municipal commissioner Aziz Sheikh, deputy municipal commissioner Rajesh Mohite, and assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande — to the civic leader.

The committee said in the file that NMC town planning department sanctioned the challenge as business layout on October 28, 2005. Land consumer was also business. Five plots had been sanctioned, of which plot no. 1 and a pair of had been for IT park and home, and closing 3 plot no. 3, 4 and five had been for IT park.

Citing a government coverage of July 20, 2007, the officers had sanctioned building plan of IT park and home on plot no. 1 and a pair of, hotel (commercial) on plot no. 3 and four, and Empress Mall (commercial) on plot no. five in 2009 and 2010.

The town planning department later rejected the revised layout plan on May 20, 2017, making it mandatory to change consumer from business to residential and commercial. The department passed the greenbacks to the developer to get the consumer changed.

The inquiry committee mentioned all this, however did not cling any officers liable for those irregularities. The committee only held one junior engineer and two assistant commissioners liable for lengthen in taking action in opposition to the unauthorized constructions by the developer in the mall and flat scheme.

Former mayor and BJP corporator Pravin Datke said the inquiry file can be tabled in the general body and action can be demanded in opposition to all officers. “The committee will have to have really useful action in opposition to officers, be they junior engineers or most sensible posts. There are much more irregularities in the case and can be uncovered in the house,” he said.

In last 5 years, only unauthorized constructions and violations executed by the developer have came to fore. This is the primary time irregularities by the officers in the case are coming to fore.

The inquiry was carried out after an assurance given by leader minister Devendra Fadnavis in the legislative council. Former mayor and MLC Anil Sole had raised the case in the council.

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