NAGPUR: The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has sought change in reservation of sprawling playground and public utility (PU) land of Nelco Gruhnirman Sahakari Sanstha, allegedly to allot the PU land to a builder.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started the process to change the reservation, citing a proposed tribal girls hostel by NIT. However, NIT officials say they have developed two tribal girls hostels already, and there is no proposal for another one.
TOI had on September 4 reported NMC starting process to change reservation of 1.24 hectare playground in the layout at Trimurti Nagar in mouza Parsodi citing NIT’s proposed tribal girls hostel. The civic body invited suggestions and objections on the proposal to change reservation of PU land from parking to residential.
The PU land is 0.4 hectare (43,056 sq ft), with change in reservation proposed for 0.33 hectare (36,199 sq ft) to residential, and remaining 0.067 hectare (7,212 sq ft) land left as parking.
In a letter to NMC, NIT itself had said a woman is demanding change of reservation.
As per norms, NMC, as planning authority, has to study the proposal before beginning the process. But no study was done, said NMC sources.
Layout resident Janardhan Sonkusre told TOI, “NIT wants to hand over our layout’s PU land to a builder. We got compound wall constructed from NMC funds and saved the PU land from encroachments. We collected money from plot owners and ensured development for walking and fitness activities. There are no norms to allot PU land to a private person. PU land belongs to entire layout.”
He said NMC should set aside the ongoing process and instead change reservation on PU land from parking to garden or playground, and NIT should develop it as it has collected development charges.
Sonkusre said the woman mentioned in NIT’s letter owns a plot adjacent to the PU land. “She complains that she got less land from NIT due to tangent. Therefore, she is demanding PU land,” he said.
A visit to the plot reveals the woman’s plot is in possession of a builder — Badal Matey, with a board showing a proposed construction site.
Matey denied any plan to take over PU land. “NIT by mistake imposed reservation of parking on the woman’s plot, which is in my possession. Therefore, we requested NIT to change reservation on the plot. We have nothing to do with PU land,” he said.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B said a proper study will be conducted before taking any decision. NIT officials said they submitted a proposal to NMC, and the decision vests with NMC.
NIT officials told TOI the proposal to develop tribal girls hostel on playground was of 2013, and hostels have already been constructed at two other places. Today, no proposal for tribal girls hostel is pending with NIT.
Layout plot owners said NMC should set aside the process to change reservation immediately. “We developed the playground. It is open space and cannot be used for any other purpose. All plot owners use it daily for walking, fitness and recreational activities. Now it is clear NIT does not require the land for tribal girls hostel. It seems builder is driving the proposal,” they said.