The controversial project is in the news again after NIT rejected the application by the developer seeking partial OC on September 30.
West Nagpur MLA Vikas Thakre said in his complaint lodged with NIT chairman Manoj Kumar Suryawanshi that NIT did not recover additional premium for change in user to give more benefits to the developer. “Use of land on which the project is being constructed is residential and commercial in city’s development plan. NIT sanctioned commercial building on entire land. NIT was supposed to recover additional premium for change in user, which was never taken,” he said.
As per condition number ‘e’ and ‘e-1’ in lease deed dated August 26, 2009, executed between NIT and seven persons from Buty family for the land on which the mall is coming up, the entire project was supposed to be completed within three years. In case of delay, NIT chairman can grant extension of one year, subject to payment of additional premium.
Currently, the developer is yet to complete G+1 of total seven-storeyed project.
Activist Kamlesh Shah told TOI, “NIT is not recovering additional premium and also not giving extension, causing loss of public money in crores since 2014. NIT recovered additional premium and gave extension in 2013 and 2014. No recovery of additional premium and extension was granted after 2014 till date, which amounts to loss of over Rs16 crore to NIT. There is another provision in the NIT Act and also in lease deed that NIT can take back land in case project is not completed within six years. This action was also not taken.”
Thakre also alleged in the complaint that NIT allotted the land to developer at 50% of total estimated cost. “There are also various deviations in the building compared to sanctioned plan. NIT should fixed responsibility and initiate action against concerned officials who caused financial loss and also overlooked violations. NIT should issue notice and demolish the unauthorized constructions,” he said.
Suryawanshi did not respond to TOI’s call and message. Vice-president of Goel Ganga Infrastructure too did not respond to TOI’s call and message.
NIT officials said the developer is yet to pay entire amount of revised sanction plan.
Citing 14 violations, NIT had denied partial OC. This indicates the building does not have OC. However, the developer has started using the building for last over one year. Many shops were also operating in the under-construction mall on Friday.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is running drive-in vaccination and also operating lactation cuboid in the mall which lacks OC.
The developer has also continued operation of temporary shops constructed in front margin of the mall and on some part of Abhyankar Road. The shops are causing severe congestion on the road.