Kharghar's 'heritage' to bite the dust in 7 days

CIDCO has pasted a notice on the controversial 21-storey Green Heritage high rise, ordering that it be demolished within a week

It was touted as Navi Mumbai's prime real estate project, but ever since its construction, the 21-storey high rise has only been sinking deeper and deeper in a quagmire of controversy, decidedly taking down with it a Navi Mumbai deputy police commissioner as well as officials of the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO).

The CIDCO notice also warns that if the builder fails to comply with the order, then the corporation itself will arrange to have the towers demolished, without taking any consent from the developer

On Thursday, CIDCO officials pasted a notice at the entrance of the building, ordering the tainted Abhishek Builders and Developers to raze the notorious structure to the ground, setting a deadline of seven days for the same.

The notice also warns that if the builder fails to comply with the order, then CIDCO itself will arrange to have the towers demolished, without taking any consent from the developer.

"It is true that CIDCO has pasted a notice outside our building. The secretary will decide about precautions to be taken," confirmed Captain S K Singh, chairman of the proposed Green Heritage Co-operative Housing Society.

The Green Heritage project, with its tagline promising that it would be the 'Jewel of Kharghar,' has been courting controversy since the past one year, for having violated Floor Space Index (FSI) regulations, to the tune of 3,600 sq metres.

After the Bombay High Court issued a directive for an FIR to be lodged against the apex body in relation to the violation of construction norms last year, CIDCO officials had in turn registered an FIR against Abhishek Builders and Developers.
DCP (Crime) of Navi Mumbai Dattatray Shinde was also booked in the case ('Navi Mumbai DCP booked for cheating, forgery', December 7, 2011, MiD DAY).

"Several VIPs own flats in our towers. The builder has cheated us. We are facing tremendous problems because of them. CIDCO has pasted a notice. We are going to discuss the issue today. We can protest the order, even take the matter to Supreme Court," said Manas Debroy, secretary of the society.

Confirming the incident, Anil Patil, the chief Controller of Unauthorised Construction (CUC) of CIDCO said, "I have pasted a demolition notice on Green Heritage towers. If the builder fails to raze the building himself, we will demolish it."

The other side
"It is true that CIDCO has pasted the demolition notice, but on Monday we conducted meetings with CIDCO officials. We are asking them to check their documents again. We have done nothing wrong," said Dinesh Patel, one of the partners of Abhishek Builders and Developers.

High-Rise Havoc
The structure comprises three towers, rising to a height of 21 stories each, spanning an area of 6,750 square metres. It houses 140 flats, 38 shops, four offices and four clubhouses.
According to documents, the builder had only sought permission for constructing 97 flats, 20 shops and two offices.

According to CIDCO, the builder gained extra Floor Space Index (FSI) of 1,575 square metres, but petitioner Pramod Mittal claimed that builders had actually misappropriated 3,600 square metres of FSI.
In 2009, CIDCO refused to issue Occupancy Certificate, but the builders went ahead and handed over the flats to owners anyway.

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