NAVI MUMBAI: The development authority clarified that it had only updated records of plots of land it had previously acquired in the rural belt. It also discussed the controversial issue of converting leasehold land plots to freehold.
City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) authorities said, "There appears to be confusion about our efforts to update the records of our ownership of land. This largely pertains to rural areas where Cidco acquired land, but there was no proper documentary evidence of change in ownership. Unless there is a proper record of what belongs to us, it would be difficult to know what the land bank in our possession is. It would also help to keep a check on any false claims of compensation.''
This document updation had helped the town planning authority to cancel the allotment of a 14,000 sq m plot after a probe found that the claims of the "project affected people" were bogus.
Cidco also shrugged off responsibility of the leasehold-freehold conflict by saying it is the state's decision to make. The conflict arose when Cidco was asked to redevelop properties that it had handed over to societies. "This ownership issue of land in the civic body area should have be over long ago as after Cidco developed the buildings and handed over the title to societies, the entire land and buildings constructed rights got transferred to societies," said Hemant Sharma, an RTI activist.
The NCP, which is in power at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), favours the Aurangabad model where the town planning authority hands over development authority to the civic body.