Mumbai: Another Aadarsh like scam in Kalina, builder constructs 9 extra floors

'Maitri' building had been granted permission by the BMC to construct additional 2 floors in A-Wing and 3 floors in the B-Wing of the building. But the builder brazenly constructed 12 floors, without even waiting for the requisite BMC permission for additional floors.

In Kalina area of Mumbai, another Aadarsh-like scam has come to the fore where a builder has constructed 9 extra floors without proper permission. The government and the BMC have been silent on this as more than 80 babus are members of the society called 'Maitri'.

This information was revealed by RTI activist Anil Galgali. 84 allottees of the building are government servants and include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's Secretary Pravin Darade also. The other officials include Bipin Shrimali, Harshdeep Kamble, Sudhir Thackeray, Abhimanyu Kale, Deepak Kapoor, Rajesh Narvekar and Jawahar Singh.

"The government should demolish these illegal floors immediately. We have information that the file in this regard has been kept in municipal commissioner's office and so far no decision has been taken on this," said Galgali.

When we tried to contact few members of the society, one of the member told us that they (members) have no role in this as they are yet to get a home. "Unless the MHADA allots us houses individually, we are not in the scene. It's the MHADA who appoints constructors, not us," the member added.

'Maitri' building had been granted permission by the BMC to construct additional 2 floors in A-Wing and 3 floors in the B-Wing of the building. But the builder brazenly constructed 12 floors, without even waiting for the requisite BMC permission for additional floors.

Now, the MHADA has sought clarification from BG Shirke about these illegal floors. India Today tried to contact Shirke construction company even via an email query but there was no response from them.

"In the past, we have seen the CM stalling the proceedings of house over similar case in Juhu when he was in the Opposition. Now, we expect the same action from him. We demand that culprits should be booked under the MRTP act," said NCP leader Nawab Malik.

DETAILS OF RTI

Galgali had filed an RTI application with the BMC and MHADA on October 21, 2016 for obtaining details of the building. The reply dated February 4, 2016 revealed that M/s B.G. Shirke was given a tender to construct the 12 floor building at a cost of Rs 36.50 crores. It was to have 150 flats of 1279.52 square feet area and another 76 flats of 1310.52 square feet. Apart from 76 original members of 'Maitri Cooperative Housing Society', 15 flats were to be given to government nominees.

Deputy chief engineer of 'Building-proposal special cell' revealed that a formal proposal to regularise the building has been received from the MHADA and has been put up before the BMC Commissioner. Galgali has appealed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to strike down this proposal and also initiate strict action against the builder and the society under provisions of 'Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act'. This should be treated as any other illegal construction and demolishion of irregular part of the building should be ordered.

The 84 allottees of the building include officials from CM office, Deputy CM office, MHADA, SRA, Housing, Rural Development, Urban Development, Cooperative, Revenue, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Public Health, BMC, Education, Water Resources, Agriculture, Women and Child welfare, Industries, Information and Technology, Police, Sales Tax and Transport. Deputy Chief officer of Mumbai Region, Abhimanyu Kale, DCP Sunil Ramanand, Private Secretary to MOS -Housing, Kailash Pahare, Deputy Secretary (Housing) and Additional Collector Dilip Shinde are the 4 promoters of the society. While AM Wajarkar, Additional Collector of SRA is the chief promoter.

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