Mumbai: BMC says five-star property flouted norms, hotel denies it

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 17:28 IST

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday refused to regularise alleged irregularities in the building of a five-star hotel at Santacruz and denied it the occupation certificate.

The administration of the hotel, however, denied any reports of rejection.

A letter sent by the civic building proposal department to the architect of the building on March 10 states: “Your proposal for occupation/regularisation is hereby rejected as the plans are not as per rules and regulations of Development Control Rules (DCR) 1991 modified up to date. And also the amenity space is not yet handed over.” HT is in possession of a copy of the letter.

The local ward office has been instructed to take necessary action on the hotel, said an official under conditions of anonymity.

Spokesperson of the Santacruz hotel said, “Our proposal is not yet rejected as talks with various departments of the BMC are still on. There is no irregularity, as the floor we have added is within FSI limitations. Our proposal was to demand part occupation certificate for the additions made on the ninth floor, which has been pending.”

“Otherwise, the illegal structures that were constructed on the basement have been demolished and the building is within the approved plans,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, local corporator Brian Miranda, along with NGO members and local activists, has threatened to fast unto death beginning March 13, demanding the playground be allowed to be used by the public.

“The huge ground, which is inside the hotel compound is being used for marriages and various other parties,” Miranda said.

The BMC, in June 2013, had sent notices to the hotel under the MRTP Act for FSI violations, illegal shops and offices in the basement area and failure to hand over 3,000 sqm playground as amenity space. Months later, illegal shops and restaurants in the basement were demolished by the hotel authorities. The spokesperson said the hotel sent letters to the BMC asking them to take over the playground meant for the public, but it has not shown any interest.

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