SC to begin hearing on NTC mill land case from today

Mumbai, Jan 2 | Updated: Jan 3 2006, 06:21am hrs
The Supreme Court will from Tuesday restart hearing on a petition filed by the state-run National Textile Corporation (NTC) challenging the Bombay High Court order holding that the sale of NTCs five mills situated in Mumbai was contrary to the BIFR scheme and the apex courts previous order.

The Supreme Court had on December 14 given relief as the buyers of those five mills were allowed to approach the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation to seek approval for the development plans. The development plans would be considered by the BMC as per the revised guidelines introduced in 2003 relating to the open land issue.

According to the same order, plans for a proposed six lakh square foot sprawl of shopping malls just received a leg-up. Apart from the project promoted by former Maharashtra chief minister Manohar Joshis son Unmesh at Kohinoor Mill No 3 in Dadar near Shiv Sena Bhavan, buyers of other mills include India Bulls, Jawala Real Estate Private Ltd and the Mangal Prabhat Lodha group.

These buyers were allowed to go ahead and seek clearances for their development projects, residential or commercial, on these prime lands in central Mumbai subject to environmental sanction.

The apex court had allowed these buyers to continue the demolition but ruled that no other construction can take place. Applications would be processed in accordance with the 2001 Development Control Regulation 58 governing development of defunct cotton mill lands.