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Cumballa Hill high-rise plan to be inspected by experts

Mohan K Korappath, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 29, 2013
First Published: 02:18 IST(29/1/2013) | Last Updated: 02:19 IST(29/1/2013)

The fate of the proposed Cumballa Hill high-rise will now be decided after an assessment of the stability of the hill and surrounding buildings by the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) at Roorkee.

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The Bombay high court had on Tuesday last said such a major project should be inspected by an expert body to ensure the hill is stable enough to support it.

The CBRI, an internationally recognised body was appointed after the builder and residents of Meher Apartments Cooperative Housing Society reached a consensus regarding the issue. The society had moved the petition in HC objecting to the high-rise.

Petitioner's counsel Shiraz Rustomji had argued Halkara Builders Private Ltd had scaled up the project from a construction spanning 30,000 sq metres under the initial plan, to a 60-storey building covering one lakh sqm, completely disregarding safety concerns in the process.

Builder's counsel Iqbal Chagla had contended that, so far, six reports have been prepared on the safety of the building.

Safety and gross violation, if any, on the part of the developer or sanctioning authorities are the two main concerns about the project, a division bench of justice DY Chandrachud and justice AA Sayed had said earlier.

The court was hearing a petition filed by residents of Meher Apartments alleging the work done by a developer on Cumballa Hill was causing landslides in the area. They told the court the construction activity was posing a danger to the residents.

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