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CMO received kickbacks to make changes in DP: Oppn.

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Fadnavis threatens to file defamation suit against Vikhe-Patil

Mumbai: The Opposition on Thursday alleged that the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has received ₹5,000 crore as kickbacks for introducing pro-builder changes in the recently-announced Mumbai Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR) 2034.

Calling it a scam worth ₹1 lakh crore, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, on Thursday said the CMO had a deal of ₹10,000 crore with builders to introduce favourable changes in the Mumbai DCPR-2034, and has already received half of the amount.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rubbished the allegations demanding unconditional apology, and even threatened to file a defamation suit against Mr. Vikhe-Patil.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Vikhe-Patil said the CM had claimed that he introduced merely 14 changes in the DCPR, but each change has put an impact on at least 100 land reservations in the city.

“There are 2,500 changes introduced which are only meant to give profit to builders and developers,” he said.

Naming developers such as Vikas Oberoi, Hiren Patel, Omkar builders, Shapoorji Palanji, DB Realty, Vardhaman builders, and Prithvi Chavan, Mr. Vikhe-Patil said some of the changes introduced in the DCPR are giving one extra FSI within the Mumbai corporation, extra FSI for slum redevelopment schemes, and allowing to minus the distance between two societies, extending premium to five-star hotels, intertwining of SRA schemes, and cancelling reservations around the Mumbai Metro line.

“Had these changes being important for Mumbai, they would have been made at the corporation level. But they didn’t happen. The changes were included in the excluded part at the State government level. It shows that the municipal commissioner ensured that the interests of builders are preserved at the government level,” the Opposition leader said.

Demanding that all changes be retracted by January 15, he said, “We will approach the SEBI as many of the construction companies are registered with it. If the changes are not retracted, I will personally file a public interest litigation.”

Mr. Vikhe-Patil claimed 500 acres of government land in Goregaon, which was given wrongfully to B J Trust, have been opened up for development giving four crore square feet space for construction to private builders.

Mr. Fadnavis however refuted the Opposition charges. “There have been only 14 changes at the government level and even those are not final. Objections and suggestions have been sought, and a decision will be taken soon,” he said.

The CM said the State government only works as an approver to the recommendations made by the corporation. “It is wrong to link the CMO with this,” he said.

Mr. Fadnavis also clarified that no final decision on the Goregaon land has yet been taken.

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