Kundaim residents accuse BJP leader of illegal hill cutting


BJP leader Govind Parvatkar has been embroiled in a controversy after residents of Kundaim accused him of hill-cutting activity at his plot allotted by the IDC in the Kundaim Industrial Estate. 
While residents of Kundaim, under the banner of the ‘Kundai Nagrik Kruti Samiti’ have demanded action in the matter, Parvatkar has denied the allegations and insisted that the activity is not hill-cutting but an excavation of mud dumped on his plot following the construction of the Kundai-Marcaim bypass.
Speaking to reporters, KNKS President Nitesh Satarkar claimed that Parvatkar was undertaking hill-cutting work without permission from authorities.
“Parvatkar phoned and threatened me if I continued to raise the issue,” alleged Satarkar.
“On October 2, 2011, a flying squad had raided this place and had attached one earthmover and two trucks after they had noticed hill-cutting activity on the same plot,” he added.
“Parvatkar has owned this plot for the past 14 years and till now, he has not fulfilled the purpose of IDC, for which he was allotted the plot. If this plot has been allotted to given to set up an industry, then why is this place vacant till now? He (Parvatkar) has violated the rules and regulations of IDC and hence the plot should be taken back from him,” insisted Satarkar.
Kundaim Panch Kishori Gawade warned that the panchayat will not tolerate such activity and will take appropriate action against those involved in hill-cutting activities, which could threaten the ecology of the village. The KNKS has also filed a complaint with the IDC regarding the activity.
When contacted, Parvatkar vehemently denied the allegations. “It is not hill-cutting but we are excavating mud dumped on my plot from the Kundaim-Marcaim bypass when it was constructed a few years ago,” replied Parvatkar.
Hitting out at the Congress, Parvatkar added: “I had owned that plot three years back but the then Congress government did not permit me to dig out this mud and dump it in another place and so I could not set up my industry there. I plan to start an automobile firm ‘Gurukrupa Auto Services’ on this plot.”
Admitting that the earthmovers and two trucks were attached by the flying squad in 2011, Parvatkar said: “I have taken utmost precaution this time and I have sought the permission of the Town and Country Planning department. A copy of the permission has been sent to concerned departments.” [H]