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'No option but to demolish Adarsh'

mumbai Updated: Apr 10, 2011 00:49 IST
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Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said the state would be left with no option but to demolish Colaba's controversial Adarsh tower if the promoters of the 31-storey residential building did not get an extension on an existing stay order from the Bombay high court or the Union environment ministry.

The case will be heard on April 13, which is also the deadline for ministry of environment & forests (MOEF) to extend the stay on its demolition notice.

"We have checked state environment laws and they do not allow us to issue a stay on the demolition notice. So if the court does not give an extension, we will be left with no option but to go ahead with the demolition of the building," Chavan told the state assembly on Saturday.

The CM was replying to a question raised about the tower, which is facing action because it violated Coastal Regulation Zone norms by building 31 storeys and not seeking requisite approvals from the environment ministry. It was served a demolition notice three months ago.

Facing the axe

Replying to a question raised about the Adarsh tower in the state assembly, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said the government would have no choice but to demolish the building if the court did not grant an extension on its stay.

The Adarsh housing society, which had promoted the project as a six-storey housing benefit for war veterans and widows, also ended up allotting flats to influential Navy and Army officers, bureaucrats and politicians, allegedly in exchange for sanctions.

Responding to a BJP MLA's demand for the temporary suspension of the officers allegedly involved, on the grounds that they might tamper with the evidence, Chavan said: "None of the officials under the scanner are in a position to influence the case as the papers are all with the judicial commission."