Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland and Y Patton with Advisor F&CS Pukhayi Sumi during their visit to Nagaland House at Navi Mumbai.
Morung Express News
Dimapur | August 9
Nagaland State Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton, has said that the Nagaland State Government is working to get the House operational soon. This comes less than a year since The Morung Express exposed the condition of the Nagaland House in Navi Mumbai.
Y Patton, who is also Minister in-charge of Home and National Highways, along with Pukhayi Sumi, Advisor Food & Civil Supplies, went to Navi Mumbai for their maiden visit to the Nagaland House in Navi Mumbai on Thursday, August 9, to exclusively deliberate on its progress.
Patton informed that the “construction of Nagaland House in Navi Mumbai was completed in 2010 but could not be made functional till date due to Nagaland State Government delaying the obtaining of CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) permission from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation prior to the commencement of the construction, and the occupancy certificate for the completed project was not issued.”
However, Patton stated in the press note, “with the concerted efforts of the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the CRZ issue is under process,” and that the Nagaland State Government is “pressing hard” to “sort out” the issue at the earliest with the Maharashtra State Government. “The House will be made operational very soon,” assured Nagaland’s Deputy CM.
In October 2017, The Morung Express reported that a private player had offered the Government of Nagaland an 80:20 profit sharing scheme for ‘management, maintenance & development’ of the Nagaland House property languishing on prime land in Vashi, Navi Mumbai. As per the proposal, the private company will help secure Nagaland State Government the required licenses, like the CRZ permit and Occupancy Certificate, in exchange for rights to run the property with only 10 rooms left to be run as state guest house at subsidized rates.
Such an arrangement had spelled doom for ailing citizens of Arunachal Pradesh when the Arunachal Bhawan, also in Navi Mumbai, was given out to the same private player who leased it out to a high-end jeweler, leaving only a small section of the Bhawan for the Arunachalees. This created multiple hurdles including legal trouble for the Arunachal Pradesh government that had been allotted the land by the City Industrial and Development Corporation of Maharashtra at concessional rates for setting up its state guest house. This is also how Nagaland State acquired the land.
While it remains unclear if the Government of Nagaland accepted the private player’s proposal or is taking up the case on its own for issuance of permit, occupancy certificate and operation, the Deputy CM, Y Patton, has now assured that once the Nagaland House in Navi Mumbai is made functional, “it will bridge the gap between Mumbai and Nagaland” and that preference will be given for accommodation to “students’ community, sick and needy people and businesspersons.”
Patton’s media team also informed that the Deputy CM will himself take up the issue with his counterparts in the Maharashtra State Government.