Maharashtra government has alloted of a prime piece of land to actress and BJP MP Hema Malini for her Dance Academy. Maharashtra government has alloted to this piece at a throwaway price of Rs 70,000 kicked up a political storm on Friday with the Congress accusing it of double standards and flouting procedures.
The state government has allotted land measuring 2,000 square metres to Hema’s Natyvihar Kala Kendra. The BJP-led government, however, defended its decision with Housing Minister Prakash Mehta saying this was not for the first time that land was allotted to a cultural institution at a cheaper rate, recalling that cultural and academic bodies set up in memory of Congress leaders including Y B Chavan had benefited from such a gesture.
According to some report, The veteran actress has been allotted the land located in suburban Oshiwara, at the rate of Rs 35 per square metre (total cost Rs 70,000) by the Mumbai Suburban District Collectorate. While the market value of this land is running into crores of ruppes.
MPCC President Ashok Chavan told that, “The government is indulging in double standards in allocation of the plot. This government had earlier said they will formulate a fresh policy on granting government land which directly affects the state exchequer but in the case of the BJP MP, no such procedure was followed.”
Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said that, “Revenue and Forest department has been ordered to place reservation for garden on the plot of land being taken back. The (latest) land allotment was not a new one, but was in the nature of alternate allotment.”
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