18-storey building at Nerul to be razed
Developers say they would themselves pull down the building, seek fresh permissions and restart the project
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has taken action against the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) traders who opposed the civic body’s actions against encroachment in the spice market last week. It registered cases against 31 traders for obstructing government work.
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has embarked upon an unprecedented operation against illegal structures and encroachments in the city. Earlier, it was believed that the anti-encroachment drives were limited to hawkers and the common man, however, Mundhe has ensured that the elite are now coming under fire too.
Several traders at the APMC spice market have allegedly resorted to large-scale illegal constructions in their galas without seeking the NMMC’s permission.
The NMMC had issued notices to the traders under the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act on May 5 to remove encroachments within 24 hours. When civic officials went to the market on May 16, they faced opposition from the traders. On June 14, when the civic officials returned to the market to demolish the encroachments, the traders resorted to rasta roko and shut their shops to prevent the NMMC from carrying out the work.
Civic officials sealed 31 galas and complained to the police about the traders hindering their work. Deputy municipal commissioner Subhash Ingle said, “We had issued notices to 34 galas whose owners have constructed lofts. These can prove dangerous for the workers. We have sealed them. They will have to demolish them and pay a fine.”
“Of the 34 galas, cases have been filed only against 31 as one loft was demolished while two others didn’t oppose the NMMC’s work,” he said.
An 18-storey under-construction building on Palm Beach Road will soon be pulled down.
Even as the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has given a notice to the owners of Regency Palm Beach on Palm Beach Road, the developers, Regency Inc, themselves are planning to demolish the building.
On Monday, the residentialcum-commercial under-construction building at Sector 14 of Nerul was issued a 24-hour ultimatum. The anti-encroachment department of NMMC said the building did not seek Coastal Regulation Zone permission.
NMMC said the town planning department had denied permission in January 2011 for the laying of the plinth and hence the entire building is illegal. There are also allegations of construction above the sanctioned norm.
Mahesh Aggarwal, managing director of Regency Inc, said, “There is no additional construction from what was stated in our plan. There is no CRZ sanction for which 130 buildings in our vicinity are suffering. Cidco had not told us about it. Several buildings are yet to get occupancy certificate for this reason.”
He said that they had initially been given permissions by NMMC in 2010 when the plan was passed. “We sought permission for plinth in August 2010 which was rejected six months later. The plinth work was however completed in 15 days itself.”
He added, “The permission was rejected in 2011 after the CRZ rules were implemented. We stopped work on the project and in November 2015 sought permission from NMMC to demolish the building. Now, we have been slapped with a demolition notice.”
Aggarwal said that CRZ permission is not given once the construction begins because it is Regency Palm Beach at Vashi is an 18-storey under-construction building.
considered a violation. “We are planning to demolish the building ourselves and build again.”
He said, “We will apply for CRZ permission after demolition. Once we get that, we will also get the requisite permissions from the civic body. We will then construct a new building.”
NMMC additional commissioner Ankush Chavan has dismissed the developer’s voluntary demolition move, terming it “delaying tactics”.
Chavan said, “Who had stopped them from demolishing their building all these years? They do not need any permission from us for it. It is their property and they can do what they want with it.”
“We have issued them notice as per the report of our town
Chavan said the developer had submitted some documents. “I have asked the town planning department to examine the documents. Once scrutiny, we will decide on demolition.”
On why the developers had not demolished the building, Aggarwal said, “There is a risk of some damage or accident and that could be a problem and hence we had sought NMMC’s permission.”
On Saturday, NMMC shut the food court at Raghuleela mall in Vashi for not possessing required licences. Four other restaurants and fast food centres in the vicinity too were sealed.
Sunday is no longer a holiday for civic officials. NMMC Civic officials seal a portion of Hypercity at Vashi on Sunday.
targeted the biggest mall in the city, Inorbit mall at Vashi, shutting down a part of Hypercity that functioned in its basement occupying the parking area.
Two floors of D’Mart at Kopar Khairane were also sealed for being used as departmental stores while permission was for offices.