18-storey build­ing at Nerul to be razed

Devel­op­ers say they would them­selves pull down the build­ing, seek fresh per­mis­sions and restart the project

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­ta­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­ta­times.com

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

plan­ning de­part­ment.”

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.

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