HC to Bombay Dyeing: Hand over mill land to BMC, Mhada

                                                    

Mumbai:In a bid to end the stalemate over development of Bombay Dyeing’s sprawling mill properties at Wadala and Lower Parel, the Bombay high court, in an interim order on Tuesday, asked the textile major to hand over around 66,651 square metres of land to the BMC and Mhada.
   
The land at Spring Mills in Wadala will be handed over to the BMC and Mhada, and is to be used for public housing, accommodation for mill workers, open spaces and other public amenities. This would allow Bombay Dyeing to go ahead with its redevelopment plans for the entire land at Lower Parel and its share of plot at Wadala. The court said its interim order would “ensure availability of land to public authorities and also allow Bombay Dyeing to redevelop its land”.
   
The court said it would decide on the applications filed by unions over valuation of the land on Wednesday. The unions had, in
their applications, claimed the value of land at Lower Parel was higher than at Wadala, and had opposed the BMC’s decision to allow the company to amalgamate the land.
   
In the main petition, the unions have further claimed that more area of the plots should have been earmarked as textile mill land so that there is a corresponding increase in the share of land to be handed over to BMC and Mhada.
   
Tuesday’s order would mean the city would get land for public purposes. Around 32,828 square metres of land would be surrendered to the BMC, which has to use it for open spaces, recreation grounds and public
amenities. For Mhada, which is facing a huge land crunch in the city, the 33,822 square metres of land that would be handed over to it, would ensure construction of affordable houses in the heart of central Mumbai.
   
On its part, Bombay Dyeing has ambitious plans to redevelop its mill land. The plans include a 38-storey residential-cum-commercial and retail, IT spaces and a hotel.
 
In March 2010, the BMC had issued stopwork notices to Bombay Dyeing after it failed to hand over land at its erstwhile mills in Wadala and Lower Parel that was meant for the BMC and Mhada. The notice was issued following a direction from the monitoring committee that oversees redevelopment of city’s mill lands. Bombay Dyeing challenged the notices in high court.
   
In May 2012, the high court ruled that Bombay Dyeing would have to surrender land to the BMC and Mhada.
   
The Supreme Court dismissed the textile company’s plea challenging the verdict. The BMC then approved the amalgamation of the Wadala and Lower Parel plots.
   
The unions then moved the high court claiming that more land was due to come to the BMC and Mhada. They also alleged the value of the land at Lower Parel was worth more than the plot at Wadala.


Source : Times Of India
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