A senior official of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has stated that the authority had found deficiencies in the proposal submitted by the Adarsh society.
Deposing before the two-member commission appointed by the state government to probe the irregularities, Pradeep Yadav, a senior town planner said, “It is true the MMRDA had concluded that there were deficiencies in the proposal submitted by Adarsh society. The letter was sent to the government as the applicant was insisting on approvals despite the deficiencies.” He referred to the letter as guidance sought by MMRDA from the state government.
Yadav also alleged that the then Metropolitan commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad had written to the state and the BMC to deduct 15% of the recreation ground (RG) for Adarsh plot. “The MMRDA came to the conclusion that as per provisions of Regulation 35 of the DCR (Development Control Regulations), there is no need to leave 15% RG,” Yadav said.
On January 2, 2009, the architect of Adarsh society requested MMRDA to deduct 15% RG for the Adarsh plot. In response, a letter dated March 24, 2009 was written by Gaikwad to TC Benjamin, principal secretary, Urban Development Department and Jairaj Phatak, civic chief , informing them of granting exemption to the society.