“A man with a clean image too is seen favouring the builders and we will now ask the Central Govt to start a CBI inquiry into the case.”

Mumbai : The Shiv Sena has accused Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of purposefully going slow over the alleged scam in the redevelopment projects of the MHADA buildings and has demanded that a CBI inquiry should be initiated into the scam that runs into thousands of crore rupees.

MLA from Goregaon Subhash Desai told reporters here on Tuesday that he has been tracking various redevelopment projects in his constituency and had repeatedly asked Chief Minister Chavan to enquire into the delay in the redevelopment project of Patrachawl MHADA colony. But, nothing had been done as yet.

“Patra Chawl was the oldest MHADA colony in Goregaon. 672 tenants from this colony vacated their flats in 2008 after they were assured of new 650 sq.ft. flats within 2-3 years. But, the construction work for these houses has not yet started,” Desai said. “According to the tripartite agreement between the tenants, builder and MHADA, the builder was supposed to build homes for the 672 tenants, hand them over to the owners and then develop the rest of the ‘saleable’ area. But, the builder has started developing the ‘saleable’ area and not yet started with the construction of the houses for the MHADA tenants,” Desai told reporters.

“After the agreement was done, MHADA officials wrote to the builder putting in conditions favouring the latter. This has gone against the interests of MHADA and the original tenants. Some of the MHADA officials have publicly said that MHADA has lost a revenue of over Rs 1,000 crore in this project,” Desai said.

“I’ve been following up the case since 2011. I wrote to the Chief Minister and then reminded him several times. But, nothing has been done and the 672 tenants are clueless about when their new homes will be ready,” Desai said adding that, “a man with a clean image too is seen favouring the builders and we will now ask the Central Government to start a CBI inquiry into the case.”

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