First re­de­vel­oped build­ing in city gets civic body’s no­tice

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Ganesh Tower, the first re­de­vel­oped build­ing in the city, has been slapped with a no­tice for en­croach­ment by the antien­croach­ment de­part­ment of the NMMC.

The build­ing is lo­cated at Sec­tor 1 of Vashi. The no­tice is for com­mer­cial use of three park­ing spa­ces. One com­mer­cial user is re­ported to have made changes and con­structed a stair­case within the premises. A to­tal of four spots have been iden­ti­fied in the build­ing where en­croach­ment has taken place.

For­mer deputy mayor and a close as­so­ciate of for­mer min­is­ter Ganesh Naik, Bharat Nakhate, re­sides in the build­ing. It is be­lieved that the build­ing has been named after him by Nakhate, a staunch loy­al­ist.

Fol­low­ing mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe’s or­ders, the NMMC has been go­ing after il­le­gal con­struc­tions and en­croach­ments in the city. It has not spared top politi­cians ei­ther. Ganesh Tower Co­op­er­a­tive Hous­ing So­ci­ety too has been served the no­tice.

Cidco sold 176 flats here in the seven­ties in the build­ings then known as C type apart­ments. Fol­low­ing grant of 1.5 FSI for re­de­vel­op­ment, the build­ings lo­cated in a prime area were re­de­vel­oped.

Spread over 6,700 sqm area, the re­de­vel­op­ment of the build­ings gave the res­i­dents big­ger houses and some shops. The de­vel­oper re­cov­ered the cost of the re­de­vel­op­ment by sell­ing the shops.

The NMMC no­tice has claimed that the so­ci­ety has usurped park­ing area and con­structed com­mer­cial premises there. There is also the is­sue of a stair­case hav­ing been con­structed to the first floor from in­side a ground floor com­mer­cial premises.

Vashi ward of­fi­cer Ma­hen­dra Singh Thoke said, “No­tice has been is­sued to the so­ci­ety for en­croach­ment. It has been given a month’s no­tice to clear the en­croach­ments.”

He added, “If they do not clear it, the NMMC will take ac­tion and can also reg­is­ter a po­lice case.”

Nakhate and the so­ci­ety com­mit­tee mem­bers re­fused to speak on the is­sue.

A woman and her boyfriend were ar­rested for try­ing to force a mi­nor girl into the flesh trade on Tues­day.

The girl, who is a Class 7 stu­dent, was sold for Rs2 lakh by her 40-year-old mother, whose iden­tity has not been re­vealed.

The boyfriend has been iden­ti­fied as Ma­hesh Shan­taram Varhadi, 40, a Vashi res­i­dent. He works as a pimp, said the po­lice.

The woman works in a beauty par­lour in Navi Mum­bai.

A few years ago, the woman’s hus­band left her, after which, she be­gan a re­la­tion­ship with Varhadi. Fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, the two planned to sell the woman’s daugh­ter.

The anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing cell, Thane, re­ceived a tip-off on Tues­day that a woman will sell her daugh­ter near Cas­tle Mill Naka, Ra­bodi, around 3pm. They laid a trap and ar­rested the two.

“We sent a fake cus­tomer, two women, and con­sta­bles. She ac­cepted Rs50,000 and was promised the rest after hand­ing over the girl to us,” said Ravin­dra Daun­d­kar, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from the anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing cell, Thane.

“We recorded the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the ac­cused and the fake cus­tomer when they met at a ho­tel in Ra­bodi. When the ac­cused tried to hand over the girl, we caught them. They con­fessed to the crime,” added Daun­d­kar.

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