Residents of the contentious 18-storey Harsiddhi Heights at Worli will now get the chance to give their view on the matter. The Bombay high court has allowed the Indian Navy to add them as respondents to a petition seeking demolition of the building. The 18-storey tower has come up in the vicinity of INS Trata, a sensitive naval base.
A division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice ND Deshpande on Monday granted one week to the Navy to do the needful.
Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata and advocate Dhiren Shah representing the Navy had sought permission from the high court to include the occupants as respondents.
Khambata told the court that once the developer provided them with the necessary documents, formalities for adding residents as respondents would be completed.
Sanket Shah, partner of Prithvi Corporation, developer of Harsiddhi Heights, had filed an affidavit refuting the Navy’s claims that the building provided an aerial view of the naval base.
“The building does not have an aerial view of the artillery and/or missiles and neither does it pose a threat to national security or the security of Mumbai. The building also does not pose a risk in terms of asymmetric warfare and/or an actual war-like scenario,” Shah’s affidavit states.
It added, “The building cannot be used by terrorists, subversive elements or enemy spies, to disable the unit even before hostilities begin.” Also, the Navy delayed challenging the NOC by seven years.
“The area in the vicinity of INS Trata was fully developed. Significantly, there are numerous other buildings that have been recently constructed in the vicinity of INS Trata. There is a building known as Godrej Bay View, which is in fact taller and closer to the naval base,” Shah’s affidavit adds.
The high court will hear the matter on February 21.