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More trouble for Adarsh

mumbai Updated: Nov 13, 2010 03:00 IST
Manish Pachouly

The state Environment Department has identified three major irregularities in Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society, which has been accused of violating environment and Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) laws.

In a report to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests earlier this week, the department said no CRZ clearance was sought by Adarsh or issued to it by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA).

“Required permission from the competent authority was not taken by Adarsh,” the report, sent by Environment Secretary Valsa Nair Singh, said. Hindustan Times has a copy of the report.

The second irregularity, the report said, was that no Ministry of Environment and Forests clearance was taken for transferring floor space index (FSI) — which governs how high a structure can go — of an adjoining plot meant for a bus depot to Adarsh, though this was mandatory according to the Revenue Department order of August 5, 2005, allotting the plot to the society.

The third problem, said the report, was that the FSI allowed and consumed exceeded the permissible limit. It added that the FSI was computed by excluding the area for amenities such as staircases, liftwells and the lobby. “This is not permissible as per the Development Control Rules (1967),” the report said.

The report said Adarsh’s promoters claimed that the Urban Development Department issued them CRZ clearance through a letter dated March 15, 2003. As per rules, the clearance should have come from the ministry.

The report said Adarsh should have approached MCZMA to obtain a recommendation and ministry clearance.

The Environment Department had last week written to the Central Bureau of Investigation, stating it had not dealt with files pertaining to Adarsh and clearances were given by the UDD.