Mumbai, April 23: Yesteryear Bollywood actress and lawmaker Hema Malini has been allotted land worth Rs 70 crore for just Rs 1.75 lakh. The allotment which has become a centre of controversy has been done for a dance academy in up-market Oshiwara here under a revised policy of Maharashtra government, according to an RTI activist.
RTI activist Anil Galgali said the government has allotted a 2,000 square metre prime plot for construction of a dance academy for a mere Rs. 1.75 lakh at a rate of Rs. 87.50 per square and Galgali says he has the documents accessed by him to support the claim.
Earlier as well, an RTI plea filed by Galgali had revealed that the actress was allotted the land at a rate of Rs 35 per square metre (costing Rs 70,000). After the issue generated a controversy in February this year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a revision of the policy of allotting land to private trusts and artists.
Hema Malini, a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, has already paid Rs 10 lakh as advance. Because of the cost only being Rs 1.75 Lakhs now, the government would have to refund an outstanding Rs 8.25 lakh, said Galgali.
Thi advance was given by Hema Malini back in 1997.
According to the RTI reply, even on February 1 1976, the cost of the land was Rs 350 per square metre.
“Since a government resolution stipulates that the land allotment in such cases would be done at 25 per cent of the valuation, Hema Malini has got the prime piece of land at the one fourth of Rs 350 per square metre – that is Rs 87.50 per square metre,” said Galgali as quoted in a PTI report.