Builder duped, grabbed our land: Haji Kasam chawl ten­ants

Cer­tain com­mit­tee mem­bers are hand-in-glove with the builder in si­phon­ing huge some of money, al­lege mem­bers

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

Ten­ants of Haji Kasam chawl, lo­cated at Lower Parel, have al­leged that the builder has cheated them by sell­ing 99 rooms with­out the per­mis­sion of the com­mit­tee and also not sub­mit­ting the re­port to them.

Satya­jeet Kadam and Suhas Raul, along with other mem­bers have ap­proached charity com­mis­sioner, Bri­han­Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and other au­thor­i­ties with re­gard to the same.

Ac­cord­ing to Kadam, the builder ap­proached few mem­bers of the com­mit­tee be­fore sell­ing 99 flats, keep­ing other mem­bers in the dark by si­phon­ing huge some of money of the re­serve fund and also try­ing to build il­le­gal con­struc­tion in the ground of the so­ci­ety.

There were 270 ten­ants and the ear­lier builder had con­structed 44 flats in two sep­a­rate build­ings and handed over the flats its ten­ants in 1995. Later, the work was stalled due to builder’s fi­nan­cial cri­sis. In 1999, the same builder con­vinced the com­mit­tee mem­bers to let him con­struct seven-floor build­ing in­stead of four floors and al­low him to sell flats lo­cated on up­per three floors. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Kadam, the builder sold the flats and grabbed the ad­di­tional land of the chawl.

“The builder is not only ready to sub­mit the trans­ac­tion, but is also adamant to free the land it has grabbed. Now, he is try­ing to build il­le­gal con­struc­tion by us­ing po­lice force and pres­suris­ing so­ci­ety mem­bers,” Kadam al­leged.

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