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Adarsh: not so apt a name

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HT reports:

Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan has sought information on the row over the allotment of a prime plot of land to Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society in south Mumbai. Chavan has asked concerned departments to submit the information, an official said, adding “as per our records, the land
belongs to the revenue department and was in the possession of the Union ministry of defence”.

The army is also carrying out an inquiry into the row.

The highrise building has been allegedly constructed by violating rules, with beneficiaries being former services chiefs, politicians and bureaucrats.

A controversy has erupted over how the Adarsh society in Colaba, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and widows, got converted into a 31-storey tower through collusion of bureaucrats, politicians and top defence officers.

The highrise is built on 6,450 sq metres within the Colaba naval area and was cleared on the condition of housing war veterans but now has 104 members including senior army commanders, a former environment minister, legislators and state bureaucrats.

Chavan has asked the concerned departments to submit a comprehensive report on the allegations and once the information is received, he will decide on the course of action, the official said.

The Hindu records:

The Navy has objected to Maharashtra government according permission for Occupation Certificate citing serious security concerns.

The 100-metre tall building next to a planned helipad and military installations has violated the CRZ limit of a height of 30 metres, the Navy had said.

A case of inter-services rivalry?

Oct 29

A head seems to be about to roll: the head of Maharashtra, according to ET:

Amid indications that his continuance in office may be untenable, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been summoned to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi here tomorrow.

The decision to summon Chavan to the Capital for a meeting with the Congress Chief comes despite his announcement only a few hours earlier that flats alloted to his mother-in-law and two other relatives were being surrendered. This has obviously not impressed the party leadership.

Highly placed sources said tonight that Chavan, who became chief minister a year ago, is likely to be asked to step down in the wake of the Adarsh Housing scam.

Chavan had been involved in clearing papers for the upscale high-rise Adarsh building project in his previous capacity as the Revenue minister.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

October 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

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  1. […] Adarsh building scam has finally led to the Maharashtra state government’s fall, reports ET: Maharashtra Governor […]

  2. […] has had a new chief minister since this blog started! The previous government fell because of the Adarsh housing society scandal. One hopes that the change of guard is not all; it is necessary to have a thorough probe into that […]

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