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Military hostel at Kalina to be expanded

 Media Coverage  |  02-06-2022

The capacity of the hostel set up with the help of diamond merchants for ex-servicemen’s children at Kalina after the Kargil war will now be expanded. Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has favoured the idea of capacity expansion and directed the officials concerned to grant the increased Floor Space Index (FSI) for the purpose.

A delegation of leading diamond merchants from Mumbai, led by the chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda, called on governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Wednesday. On this occasion, a cheque for `92 lakh was handed over to the governor as an assistance to Sher Singh Karki Saraswati Vihar, Muwani, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, under the auspices of Parwati Prema Jagati Saraswati Vihar, Nainital, Uttarakhand. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Anoop Mehta, Dinesh Lakhani, Nandesh Lukhi, Ashok Gajera, Kirit Bhansali, Dilip Lakhi, Saunak Parikh, Colonel Ram Mohan and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander.

The members of the delegation donated a fund of  `92 lakh for the schools out of which Dilip Lakhi alone donated `51 lakh.

The diamond merchants have helped build a 96-room hostel for ex-servicemen’s children. They have plans to build 20 to 30 additional rooms if more land is made available.

The governor also introduced the diamond merchants’ delegation to the vice-chancellor of Mumbai University. He has sought documents in this regard from the officials concerned and assured to approve increased FSI as soon as possible.

The land in question belongs to the Mumbai university. As the governor is the chancellor, a request was made by the delegates to approve an increased floor space index to facilitate the expansion of the hostel.

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