Monday, May 29, 2017


Mumbai Mirror: Mumbai: Monday, May 29, 2017.
A land parcel in Khandala, which belongs to Bolly wood producer-director Rakesh Roshan and his actor son Hrithik, is under scrutiny after it has emerged that it engulfs a sizeable portion of reserved government land, including a plot meant for a burial ground.
The information came to light following a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act regarding the plot, measuring over 15,000 sq mt, which the Roshans purchased in December last year under the name of one of their companies, `Sunder Bhawar Holiday Homes Pvt Ltd', for around Rs 30 crore.
Kiran Gaikwad, a former Congress president of Khandala area who filed the RTI query, said one of the plots -survey number 181B, Maval Taluka, measuring 504 sq mt -belonged to the state government, while another plot, survey number 182, was marked for a burial ground. "Both the land parcels are located within the Roshans' plot," Gaikwad said, "I accessed all documents pertaining to the plots in and around the one recently bought by Sunder Bhawar Holiday Homes, and was stunned to find that two government plots have been usurped by the company while demarcating and getting a boundary wall sanctioned around their area." He said he has approached the Lonavla Municipal Council to take back the two plots from the Roshans. He further said till recently, a balwadi and a couple of shrines stood on the government plot which were "hurriedly demolished". Around 30 families also resided there, Gaikwad said.
Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan remained unavailable for comments, not responding to messages or calls. An official spokesperson and in-charge of the project on the site, Shakir Shaikh, said Sunder Bhawar Holiday Homes hadn't indulged in any illegalities. "We completed the legal formalities and started building the compound wall.There has been no violation. If government plots were merged with ours, why didn't the authority claim it? There was a mention of open space reservation but it belongs to our client," Shaikh said, even as Gaikwad said he will seek an appointment with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to sort out the matter.
Documents revealed the Roshans bought the plot on December 19, 2016 and the proposal to construct a compound wall approved by the Lonavla Municipal Council on February 9 this year. A no-objection certificate was granted by the MSRDC on April 3, 2017.
The Lonavala municipal chief executive officer, Sachin Pawar, said the council will scrutinise the documents but he won't be able to comment further at this stage as he was busy preparing for the CM's visit next week.