Only builders will gain from demolition: Campa Colony society resident
Oct 11, 2013
Source : The Times of India


MUMBAI: Residents of Campa Cola society in Worli are an embittered lot. Not only are they set to lose their apartments, they are upset that the lone beneficiary of the demolition will be the unscrupulous builders or the new builder, who could approach the civic body with fresh building plans.

After demolishing 35 illegal flats across seven buildings in the society, the developer can construct on 6,200sqm of floor space index (FSI) and sell new flats, say residents.

"The plot has not been conveyed to the society. Hence, the FSI generated after demolition goes to Pure Drinks. The new developer will get access to the FSI and he can leverage on that and use it to his advantage. If my house is demolished, I'll have no right to redevelopment and given no compensation," said Nandini Mehta, a resident of Midtown Apartments.

The plot measuring a total of 18,049 sq m is not sub-divided and still shows as a single plan under the BMC.

"Once the 35 floors are demolished, excess permissible FSI limit of 6,200sqm will go to the new developer, who has the development rights and owns a part of the same plot to the tune of 4,800 sq m," said Mehta.

Developers Yusuf Patel, PSB Constructions and BK Gupta had constructed the seven buildings in Campa Cola.

The precedent that the Campa Cola case will set in the city will not just benefit the developer who has evinced an interest in this plot but will also benefit other developers, fear residents.

In this case, only residents are paying for the builders' illegalities. The actual perpetrators of the crime, the builders and the authorities have gone scot-free. In 2000, the BMC had issued a notice under Section 53(1) to the developers about FSI violations without issuing a notice to the residents.

Residents have gathered support from MP Milind Deora, Sachin Ahir, minister of state for environment and housing, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar, Aditya Thackeray, MLA Mangal P Lodha, MP Priya Dutt, social activist Nana Chudasama and former deputy municipal commissioner G R Khairnar. Their final plea will be put up before chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.


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