“By blessing of God and my father, I have reached 70% of the Goal written on 21/12/06,” states Suraj Parmar’s personal diary (see pic), which officials from Kasarvadavli police station recovered from his residence earlier this week. Parmar had committed suicide on October 7.
One of the entries in Parmar’s diary dated March 28, 2013
A police officer said Parmar had wanted to secure his family’s future and had several goals that were yet to be accomplished. “One of his dreams was to execute a 20-lakh-sq-ft project and retire. Another one was to build a posh 20,000-sq-ft bungalow with a one-acre lawn for him and his family,” the officer said.
Parmar wanted to own 10 high-end cars of which eight would be of famous international brands. He also wrote about wanting to operate from a plush 25,000-sq-ft office in Thane. On March 25, 2013, Parmar mentioned in the diary that he had achieved 70 per cent of the goals.
A few pages of the diary, which mid-day accessed, reveal Parmar’s desire for his sons to settle down. While he wanted Abhishek, his elder son, to become Thane’s biggest jeweller, he hoped his younger son Akshit would become the region’s most renowned developer or a Class-I officer. Parmar wanted his parents to socialise and donate generously to the needy.
He himself wanted to be an institution, rather than a person and had plans to build an orphanage, old age home, schools and hospitals for the underprivileged. “Parmar was a helpful person and was always there for the needy,” said Sonesh Dedhia, treasurer, MCHI-CREDAI (Thane).
Projects in limbo
>> Cosmos Jewels: Stop work notice was issued by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on February 15, 2015, claiming that Parmar had not submitted reservation on the land chart, deed of exchange with MHADA and had failed to clear illegal construction to widen the road. The project was located next to Suraj Water Park on Ghodbunder Road and had nine high-rises with approximately 1,000 flats.
>> Cosmos Horizon: The project comprises five towers of 27 storeys each and is opposite Blue Star Limited, Pokhran Road, Thane (West). It came to a standstill despite receiving Occupation Certificate (OC), as it lacked water connection. The builder and civic officials were at loggerheads after Parmar sought a waiver on digging charges for laying a water pipeline. He cited a similar exemption given to Haware City to support his demand. The TMC, however, denied permission to start digging work altogether.
>> Cosmos Lounge: Located in Manpada, the project ran into trouble after a civil suit was filed against it. Besides, it lacked OC from the civic body.
>> Cosmos Park: This project too lacked OC. To make matters worse, the residents filed a case in consumer court against Parmar. The project is located near Waghbill on Ghodbunder Road.
Bone of contention
Besides recovering the diary, cops also found a letter written by the Minister of State for Urban Development Dr Ranjit Patil. In the letter, written in March this year, Patil directed officials from TMC to take a call on pending projects of Cosmos Group (headed by Parmar) in the next eight days and submit a detailed report to him.