Nagaland | State spends Rs.5 lakh per month for unoccupied NL House in Mumbai

Nagaland | State spends Rs.5 lakh per month for unoccupied NL House in Mumbai

KOHIMA, September 21, 2018: The Nagaland government spends Rs.5 lakh a month for the upkeep of the State Guest House at Navi Mumbai which it cannot take over owing to pending clearance from the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) of Mumbai, Maharashtra.

This was informed by state deputy chief minister in-charge of home, Y. Patton to a question from NPF member Y. Vikheho Swu , who demanded to know the current status of the state guest house for which construction began in 2010.

Vikheho further asked the reason for failure to obtain CRZ clearance, person taking care of the house and how much the government was spending on managing it. Another NPF member Yitachu also demanded to know who was presently occupying the building.

Intervening in the discussion, leader of the house Neiphiu Rio informed that the state cannot occupy the complex till clearance was obtained from appropriate authorities.

Opposition leader T.R .Zeliang then joined issue by saying that everything about the project went wrong from the beginning when construction started in 2010 and asked why Rio was blaming him(Zeliang) when he (Rio) himself was chief minister during that period?

Zeliang further stated that when he was chief minister he and the Governor tried to obtain clearance but could not succeed.

Rio in his reply informed that all corrections   were under process and assured that the state will obtain clearance.

It may be noted that the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) revealed that while it began appraisal for green clearance from Coastal Regulation Zone(CRZ), it  noted the violation of CRZ notification 1991 and 2011, eight years after the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) granted the project a commencement certificate.  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.

NL House Kolkata: On starred question asked by leader of the opposition T.R Zeliang regarding the First Agreement entered between the Nagaland government and Civil Engineers Enterprise Pvt Ltd (CEEPL) and subsequent renewal of agreement till date with regard to Nightingale Building at Shakespeare Sarani Road, Kolkata, chief minister Neiphiu Rio replied that it was executed in 6.08.1982 and the revised agreement was executed on 24.12.1997.

On the status of the court case between the Government of Nagaland and CEEPL, Rio said that they had already filed a counter affidavit.

Rio also said that the case between the Government of Nagaland and the Northeast Handloom and Handicraft (NEHH), Mrs. Bano Angami, with regard to occupation by NEEH at Nagaland House, Kolkata was pending before the court.

However, he said that Mrs Bano Angami had also sent a request letter for negotiation and settlement of the matter outside the court, for which Nagaland government agreed to such negotiation/settlement.

As per DIPR report, the monthly rents received by Nagaland government from CEEPL, NEHH and Hind Xerox at Nagaland House Kolkata, the details were given as– a) CEEPL- Rs. 5 lakhs upto December 2017 and Rs. 7 lakhs w.e.f January 2018; Bano Angami (NEHH)– no rent is accepted by the government after termination of her occupancy w.e.f May 2001 and Hind Xerox– Rs.100.

With Nagaland Post inputs

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