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OPPN SLAMS STATE FOR LAND DEALS DEBT

The Opposition took on the state government in the Legislature during the discussion on Governor K. Sankaranarayanan’s speech in both the Houses. BJP and Shiv Sena legislators hit out at the government for largesse to developers, the state’s financial crisis and half-baked government schemes. In the Legislative Council, BJP’s Vinod Tawde alleged that the state had lost Rs 180 crore in a single project of Shivshahi Punarvasan Prakalpa Limited at Dindoshi. The contractor had left the work of constructing eight buildings and 873 flats incomplete. It was given to a private developer at Rs 1,791 a square foot. In the Assembly, Sena leader Subhash Desai alleged corruption in the Lavasa city project, near Pune, claiming that over 145 hectares of land had been doled out for a nominal price of Rs 3 lakh. He also alleged that the state had recently handed over 102 hectares of land in Pune to a private developer. Desai alleged political complicity in both cases, but did not mention names. The Sena also criticised the state government for letting go of revenue of Rs 500 crore by not taxing Indian Premier League matches.

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