venus-1Corruption is the curse of the country. The way, in which one scam is being exposed after the other, it shows just how shameless corruption has become in the country. The situation in Navi Mumbai is no different. Courtesy a handful of corrupt bureaucrats and officials in CIDCO and NMMC, Navi Mumbai has always been a fertile ground for scams and misappropriation of lands. And two examples of these that symbols of corruption polluting the skyline of Palm Beach are Vanashree and Venus. The violations in the construction of Venus on Palm Beach Road have become official as the NMMC Town Planning Office has served a notice to the society for constructing three illegal floors. However the big question is that “will NMMC dare to demolish the three illegal floors at Venus?” While getting an affordable flat in Mumbai has become a distant dream for the aam admi, senior IAS officers are the lucky few who, along with family, have cornered more than two flats – one in Mumbai and one in neighboring city Navi Mumbai. An example of this is Venus. It was during the tenure of former CIDCO MD V M Lal that this prime plot was illegally given at throw away price to a builder. And when the plots allotted in Lal’s tenure came under the scrutiny of the Shankaran Committee, CIDCO’s Town Manager Services Vivek Marathe went to the extent to hiding information from the Commission on this plot, Vivek Patil – a senior journalist alleged after procuring information on Venus under the RTI. The journalist had alleged that Venus has illegally consumed 1.5 FSI and has even sold part of the property for commercial purpose. The shocking expose was that of the state bureaucrats who have flats in Venus, one is State Information Commissioner Ramanand Tiwari who also has a flat in Vanashree. Journalist Vivek Patil says that he was investigating a scam that was hidden from the Shankaran Committee and later it came to his knowledge that the plot in question was that given to Venus. The scribe says that the papers show that it is a scam of atleast of Rs. 200 Crores. Journalist Vivek Patil says that he is all set to file a PIL against Venus and will demand a CBI enquiry against CIDCO Manager of Town Services Vivek Marathe’s assets, properties and bank accounts. Vanashree and Venus are one of the hundreds of carefully orchestrated hijack of plots meant for a city and its taxpaying – a hijack that tells us a saga of the eroding values and morals in the bureaucratic and political system. After the issue has been reported in the media, the NMMC Town Planning Dept. seems to have gotten into action and has served a notice to Venus for constructing three illegal floors without NMMC’s permission and in complete violations of GDCR and town planning rules and norms. Journalist Vivek Patil who first exposed the case, says that the NMMC notices nail the violations he has been alleging are made in Venus. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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