The recent controversy over the allotment of two prime plots worth at least Rs100 crore in Andheri for a measly Rs1 lakh to Union minister Rajiv Shukla has once again brought the spotlight on the cornering of government plots by state politicians. In several cases, the plots are alloted for educational and medical purposes but later commercially exploited by the politico concerned. The Mhada has allotted 39 plots to prominent personalities and trusts controlled by the ministers. The plots were given under the Land Disposal regulation 16 of the Mhada Act during the tenure of former CMs Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde. These prime plots are located at Bandra, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Andheri, Malad and Ghatkopar.
Union home minister
Sushil Kumar Sambhaji Shinade Pratisthan Education Trust took a 4,000sqm govt plot in BKC in 2009 at a paltry sum of Rs9 lakh against the real worth of Rs50 crore, as per the market rate prevailing then
A 10,000sqm plot in Oshiwara meant for a hospital was given to the Nargis Dutt Trust, of which Priya Dutt is a trustee. The allotment was made in Dec 2007 at a rate of Rs21 crore, which was further reduced to Rs11 crore
Jayant Patil, State rural dvpt minister
A 10,000sqm plot was given to Kasegaon Education Society for Rs22.5 lakh against the market value of Rs120 crore for an English-medium school in May 2008. But KES did not comply with the deadline
Shankarrao Chavan, late chief minister
The Marathwada Mitra Mandal got 11,000sqm plot on lease at Bandra in 1982 at Re1 per sqm for a hostel and a community centre. The plot was actually reserved for a police station and staff quarters
Vilasrao Deshmukh, late chief minister
Two plots were allotted to his Manjara Charitable Trust for a Marathi medium school in Versova and a college in Malvani. The trust has now applied for conversion of the school plot for building another college
Chhagan Bhujbal, PWD minister
His Mumbai Educational Trust has got a very prime plot in Bandra Reclamation area, measuring 7,500sqm. One of the floors was used for commercial purposes, said a former trustee, Sunil Karve.