From ET Realty
Eyebrows were raised when actress and BJP MP Hema Malini was alloted land in Andheri for setting up a dance academy. Now in what could add fuel to the fire it transpires that the 2,000 square metre plot in Oshiwara in Andheri was given to her for a pittance, just Rs 70,000. The value of the plot is at least around Rs 40 crore.
It has come to light that the actress was alloted another plot of land in 1997 which she could not develop because it came under CRZ, however she did not hand over the plot back to the state government.
The details were revealed in reply to a query by RTI activist Anil Galgali who filed a query before the Mumbai suburban collector seeking details of the land being handed over to the actress and the correspondence with her in that regard.
“First of all the government hands over a prime plot at dirt cheap rates to an organization run by a party MP, which it self is questionable. Secondly the earlier plot of land given to Hema should have been taken back before handing over this plot of land. Maharashtra is not a cash rich state, we have farmers committing suicides and have a debt burden of Rs 3, lakh crore. How is it public interest giving land to her at such rates.” questioned Galgali.
In the letter written to the actress the collector says that while Hema has talked of building a Rs 18.5 crore dance academy, as per government rules she has to furnish details of at least 25 per cent of the project cost to the government in order for the land to be allotted to her. However Hema Malini has only submitted proof of Rs 3.50 crores which is less than the 25 per cent amount.
While Hema’s organisation ‘ Natyavihar Kala Kendra’ has told the state that she would raise the rest of the money through the banks. The suburban collector has not been satisfied with her reply and has asked for how would she get rest of the amount. The collector has asked for Hema to submit these details within ‘two months’ in order to get possession of her land.