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BEST probe into FSI transfer begins

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking has started an inquiry into the transfer of floor space index (FSI) — which governs how high a structure can go — from a plot reserved for a bus depot at Backbay to Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in 2005.

mumbai Updated: Nov 10, 2010 01:24 IST
Shashank Rao

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking has started an inquiry into the transfer of floor space index (FSI) — which governs how high a structure can go — from a plot reserved for a bus depot at Backbay to Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in 2005.

Uttam Khobragade, whose daughter Devyani was allotted a flat in the society, was BEST general manager when the FSI was transferred.

Revenue Department records confirm the plot was reserved for a BEST bus depot. Adarsh paid Rs 6 crore for the FSI.

Officials claimed that though the land was transferred, the BEST Committee — which takes all major decisions related to the undertaking — was not taken into confidence when the decision was made. As per the rules, the BEST administration must take clearance from the committee before taking any such decision.

Adarsh used the extra FSI to build more storeys.

“We have begun an inquiry to determine on what grounds the transfer was effected,” said Sanjay Potnis, chairman, BEST Committee.

Officials said on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to the media that land was reserved for a parade ground, a helipad, a garden and the depot in the area.

The BEST has already disconnected the society’s power supply. This happened after its occupation certificate was revoked.

The society will have to produce the certificate for the supply to be restored.