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MMRDA chief to get 2,050-sq-ft penthouse

A plush 2,050-sq-ft penthouse in Bandra-Kurla Complex — that’s the new home address of the commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

mumbai Updated: Jan 28, 2010 00:38 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

A plush 2,050-sq-ft penthouse in Bandra-Kurla Complex — that’s the new home address of the commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

MMRDA has spent Rs 15 crore on the nine-floor building located in one of the most sought after addresses in the city. The 70,000-sq-ft structure, which sits on a 4,218-sq-m plot, will house 30 top MMRDA officials. The building has 30 flats including the penthouse for the commissioner.

Among its proposed amenities are a gymnasium, yoga room and two-tier parking for 36 cars. The flat sizes are 2,050 sq ft, 1,600 sq ft, 800 sq ft and 500 sq ft.

On January 26, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan inaugurated the complex, which is scheduled to be ready for use within the next fortnight. “These flats are meant for our officers. A residence close to our office will ensure that officials spend less time commuting, hopefully resulting in increased efficiency,” MMRDA Joint Director (PR), Dilip Kawathkar said.

Apart from this residential complex, MMRDA is spending another Rs 33 crore to build an iconic, state-of-the-art nine-floor building as its new office. Both buildings are coming up on adjacent plots on Block E in the complex.

“We needed a new building since the existing premises were not large enough to cover the needs of the MMRDA, whose projects and mandates have only been growing,” Kawathkar said.

MMRDA now functions out of an eight-floor building constructed on a 5,000 sq m plot in 1983.

The new office building, which will come up on a 9,172-sq-m plot, will have a built-up area of one lakh sq ft.