NL house in Mumbai to be functional soon: Patton

NL house in Mumbai to be functional soon: Patton
Y. Patton and Pukhayi Sumi outside the state guest house in Mumbai.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 9 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/9/2018 11:58:44 PM IST

Nagaland deputy chief minister (Dy. CM), Y. Patton who was in Mumbai visited the Nagaland House at Navi Mumbai accompanied by adviser food & civil supplies Pukhayi Sumi, informed media cell of the Dy CM.

Construction of Nagaland House was completed in 2010 but it had not been made functional till date as the Nagaland government had delayed in obtaining Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) permission from Navi Mumbai Corporation prior to commencement of the construction, for which the Occupancy Certificate for the completed project was not yet issued.

Patton who is also in-charge of home and national highways departments, claimed that due to concerted efforts of the PDA government under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, the CRZ issue was being resolved. He said the Nagaland government was pursuing the issue with its counterpart in Maharashtra, adding that the house would be made operational very soon. 

Patton maintained that once the Nagaland House was made functional, it would facilitate the people of Nagaland and bridge the gap between Mumbai and Nagaland. He said the State government would give preference to the student community, sick and needy people. He hoped that once made functional, the house would have a tremendous positive impact and benefit to the people of Nagaland. 

Meanwhile, it may be recalled that besides non receipt of CRZ, the Nagaland House at Navi Mumbai has already been birthed with controversy like the Nagaland House Kolkata.

It was reported that there was a proposal to take over the functioning Nagaland House in Mumbai submitted to the Nagaland State Government by a private company. As per inputs the proposal would flout existing laws. 

The private firm had proposed in 2017 to take over the ‘management, maintenance and development’ of the yet non-functional Nagaland House . This, they have proposed, will be facilitated by floating a joint venture company whose share holding basis will be 80:20 between the firm and the state government. The rent proposed to be paid was Rs.10 lakh a month while the prevalent rate would fetch the state not less than an estimated Rs.60 crore a month.

The proposal would also fall foul of the rules of City Industrial and Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), the Maharashtra State Government’s town planning agency and the owner of the plot. The rules do not permit sub-lease of the plot to a private party. This was the same blunder that cost Nagaland state the guest house at Shakespeare Sarani Kolkata. The CIDCO had leased the property to the Government of Nagaland for a period of 90 years in 1999 under a special scheme that subsidized the price of the plot of land for setting up a Nagaland state-run guest house and emporium for the benefit of the people of Nagaland.



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