No final decision on markets lease: Municipal Commissioner

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Mumbai, Oct 5 (UNI) The Mumbai Municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak today said that the corporation has not taken any decision on the leasing of the BMC-owned markets to private parties.

Speaking to reporters here today, Mr Phatak said rehabilitation of the PAPs (project affected persons) is the top priority of the civic body.

Nasim Khan, Congress MLA from Kurla, had alleged that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is working hand in gloves with private builders and is keen on selling the markets to them, rather than use them for the rehabilitation of the PAPs.

Mr Phatak said tenders for the sale of BMC-owned markets were accepted during the tenure of former Municipal Commissioner Patankar but no decision has been taken in this regard.

Mr Phatak added that even if the markets are sold to private parties, 60 per cent space will be utilised for the PAPs. Mr Phatak said he will meet Chief Secretary Johny Joseph and discuss the issue.

Mr Khan has alleged that around ten markets in the city are up for sale, and their current market price is around Rs 1000 crore.

UNI

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