The state government is likely to file a case against the infrastructure giant Larson and Toubro (L&T). If proved that the firm has violated the Urban Land (Ceiling & Regulation) Act, by changing the land use from industrial to residential.
The officials are going through the report submitted by the collector and BMC, and action will be taken against the firm or the civic body if found guilty, state officials said. Raising the issue in the lower house on Thursday, Congress MLA from Powai Naseem Khan alleged that the company has violated the Act.
Khan claimed that “To save 1.04 lakh sqm lands it owns in Powai, the firm had declared it surplus under the ULCA and given an undertaking that it will use the land only for industrial purposes even in future.”
“But now, the company has breached the undertaking by changing the land use to residential and constructed two 24-storey buildings on the site. Also, L&T hasn’t paid the premium of over Rs 1,000 crore to the government.”
“The government should also file an FIR against the company, its directors and the architect,” Khan demanded
“The issue was raised in the last session too, and the government had assured that it would file an FIR against the firm, but no such action was taken,” he added.
Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu supported Khan’s demand and asked, “Is the government or the BMC delaying action against L&T?” In response to the calling attention motion, minister of state for urban development Ranjeet Patil admitted that the government had assured an inquiry into the matter.
“The government received the report from the BMC and collector on December 5. If proved that the company is at fault, an FIR will be registered within a week,” Patil said.