While a majority of the buildings currently facing the heat for exceeding the permissible height limit are residential, there are also some commercial buildings that feature in Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL)’s list submitted to the civic body on July 8, 2014. These include private buildings for public use as well as office complexes.
The most prominent of these buildings mentioned in the list are Kohinoor International School as well as the Kohinoor Hospital, both located in Kohinoor City, Kurla (W). According to the list, both these structures, especially the school, are significantly taller than the permissible height.
While the hospital is 11 feet higher than the limit, the school is nearly 60 feet higher than the permissible limit. However, Kohinoor officials said this survey was an error.
“Firstly, it is just four feet more than the limit, not the figures they have quoted in their initial survey. Secondly, this has happened because the airport authorities are not taking into account the elevation that the plot is on. Hence, it seems like it has surpassed the limit, but it hasn’t,” said Sainath Rajadhyaksha, VP of the regulatory affairs of Kohinoor group’s real estate wing. Rajadhyaksha said the group had not received any official intimation.
The MIAL list also contains mentions of properties such as Kalpana Talkies in Kurla, which it says exceeds the restrictions by 21 feet. In the western suburbs, which contains 47 of the 67 buildings, the MIAL lists the names of hospitals, hotels as well as shopping malls.
However, none of these have been intimated by either the MIAL or the civic body. A civic official said, “We are not sending notices just yet. Once we finish conducting the joint survey with MIAL and verify whether they have irregularities, we will issue notices to them,” said a senior civic official, requesting anonymity.