Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday promised that State Government will probe the land allotment made by MADC to various companies including Satyam at a throwaway price. Replying to a specific query, Chavan stated, he will refrain from making a detailed comment since the matter is sub-judice, but the Government would definitely look into allotment of Telhara lake to Satyam computers free of cost and other related issues pertaining to irregularities in land allotment.
It may be recalled that Citizens Forum had recently filed a PIL before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court alleging massive irregularities in land allotment by MADC and had specifically named MADC MD and Vice-Chairman R C Sinha for allotting land as per whims and fancies and showing favours to a chosen few. Even the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had rapped MADC for allotting 128.06 acre land for Rs 19 lakh per acre when the prevailing market price was ten times more. The land was allotted in such a manner so as to allow Satyam Computers to exclusively use Telhara lake spread over 100 acre, the PIL had alleged.
Against this backdrop, the scribes sought Chief Minister’s response since he is ex-officio Chairman of the MADC.
Talking about the slow pace of development of MIHAN, Chavan said, efforts are underway for take-off of the project. “The recession mode is out and the situation is much better now. MIHAN, which too was affected of the recession, will soon get attract investment,” he hoped.