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MPHB wants clearance stalled

BRISTLING AT being denied its rightful due in Treasure Island, Madhya Pradesh Housing Board (MPHB) has urged the Indore Municipal Corporation to stay civic clearances to the Rs 70 crore mall-cum-multiplex.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 13:05 IST
SAEED Khan

BRISTLING AT being denied its rightful due in Treasure Island, Madhya Pradesh Housing Board (MPHB) has urged the Indore Municipal Corporation to stay civic clearances to the Rs 70 crore mall-cum-multiplex.

Accusing Treasure Island promoters of breach of agreement the Board has demanded that the IMC issue neither a completion nor a no-objection-certificate to the structure.

In a missive to the concerned building officer dated April 5, 2006, (of which HT has a copy) the MPHB Additional Commissioner said the mall management had failed to include a housing component in the structure as agreed in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Board and promoters Entertainment World Developers Private Limited (EWDPL) on May 21, 2003.

Furthermore, EWDPL had revised the project plan and gotten it approved by the IMC and the Town and Country Planning Department without seeking the Board’s approval.

This, added the Additional Commissioner, was a blatant breach of agreement as the Board was a 51 per cent shareholder with voting rights as per the MoU, which is still ‘legally valid’.

The letter, a copy of which was marked to Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma, also pointed out that the mall management had failed to obtain the requisite clearances from the Pollution Control Board (PCB). “In view of these points the IMC is urged not to issue a completion certificate to the structure,” concluded the letter.

Meanwhile, 11 days after the PVR multiplex launch, when the upper storeys were thrown open to the public, it is unclear whether or not the building has received an ‘all clear’ from the IMC.

City Engineer (Building Permission) Harbhajan Singh says the mall has been accorded a ‘provisional’ completion certificate pending verification of whether the structure conforms to the approved plan. Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma, on the other hand, says Treasure Island has already been granted a completion certificate as “there is no way the multiplex could have begun without IMC clearance”.

Even more interestingly, Manisha Kalani, wife of promoter Manish Kalani, says the structure is yet to receive the green signal from the civic body. The IMC had issued a partial completion certificate to the mall authorising public access to the basement, ground and first floors after a team of independent engineering experts from SGSITS declared that these conformed to the approved layout plan.

A full completion certificate was kept pending, although the SGSITS team submitted its report a fortnight ago. It finally issued a ‘provisional’ or ‘full’, depending on if you choose to believe the City Engineer or Municipal Commissioner, on April 7. The day the PVR multiplex was slated to become operational and a full 48 hours after the MPHB fired off the
missive.

Repeated attempts to contact Manish Kalani to obtain his version of events proved fruitless as he refused to answer the phone.


Municipal commissioner Vinod Sharma: We received the MPHB letter only after the certificate was issued.  Pollution Control Board Regional Officer Mishra: There is no chance of the structure getting a clearance for at least two months.

We discovered that water supply to adjoining localities is being contaminated by sewage discharge. The mall management has been directed to dig a tubewell for supplying water to affected residents. They have also been asked to reduce noise emission levels by building an acoustically treated wall around transformers.