Editorial

Ensuring the best deal

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/13/2018 1:00:36 PM IST

 It is quite baffling that despite completion of construction of Nagaland House at Navi Mumbai in 2010, the massive four-storey complex looks like a haunted place due and that consequence of neglect is also beginning to show so long the state does not obtain clearance from the crucial Coastal Regulation Zone(CRZ). Prior CRZ clearance is mandatory even at the time of applying for a commencement certificate. As per the information from the MCZMA, the NMMC had given a commencement certificate for Nagaland state guest house to come up at Vashi in November 2007. The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) granted a completion certificate to the project in January 2013. The Nagaland House is awaiting an occupation certificate. The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) found out that the construction was carried out without the government of Nagaland obtaining CRZ clearance. The MCZMA appraised the project for a CRZ clearance and noted the violation, eight years after the construction started and after the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) granted the project a commencement certificate. That is quite surprising since all these requirements ought to have been known by the state government, the technical team and the consultants. The Nagaland House, spread over a 3,491.11 square metres, falls in CRZ-2, within 150 metres from the high-tide line of the creek on the seaward side of the existing road. The construction involves a four-storey building that includes an auditorium, a two-storey staff-quarters, and a ground structure that would be a utility building. It has a Floor Space Index of 1. The deputy chief minister Yanthungo Patton, who had visited the complex at Navi Mumbai on August 9 had claimed that the CRZ issue has been settled with the appropriate authorities and that process of occupation will begin shortly. The question before the state government is on how or who will run the complex? Whatever be the ultimate decision of the state government, especially the home department, with regard to running/renting/leasing out the Nagaland House at Navi Mumbai; it is hoped that the process will be transparent and in the best interest of the state. Nagaland state has been a fortunate recipient of prime plots located at various state capitals as well as the national capital New Delhi. These state guest houses have served the state well in providing needed, while the state government mulls over how to utilise the Navi Mumbai guest house, it would also be pertinent to remember the saga of treachery and betrayal that has caused the loss of more than half the portion of Nagaland House Kolkata( located at Shakespeare Sarani). The loss still causes much sadness and resentment because Naga politicians and officials had mortgaged the commercial plot to the contractor for a song. It is not difficult to speculate on the reason behind handing over the most prime plot on lease agreement on a platter to the contractor. The Navi Mumbai state guest house is also being eyed by some vested interested persons who want to give a pittance to the state while earning a colossal amount by sub-letting the complex. In places like Kolkata or Mumbai, giving lease for property will lead to serious consequences as per the existing tenancy laws. It is for the enlightened public to question the government over such issues as people have lost trust on their leaders and the government system.

 

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