The 31-storey Adarsh tower could face more trouble as the state government mulls revoking its allotment orders. This follows Sunday's order by the environment and forests ministry (MOEF).
The society is likely to lose the very ground where the building stands.
Technically, the revenue department allots plots to housing societies on the condition that they do not violate any state or central laws. If a society does violate any law, the allotment order can be revoked.
As per existing norms, since the central ministry had ruled that the society had violated environmental laws, the revenue department had enough ground to revoke allotment orders issued in 2004 granting the society the 3,800 sq meters plot in Colaba, say sources.
"The letter of intent issued to the society stated that permission for construction in CRZ should be taken. Now, it stands proven that the society did not take mandatory environmental clearance and violated permissible FSI," said a source.
However, the state may adopt wait and watch policy until the Bombay high court gives a final ruling.
The Adarsh Society had moved to the court against the state for revoking commencement certificate issued to it.
The society is also likely to move a separate petition against the MOEF order asking for a stay.
"The state is seeking legal action. We have to revoke allotment, but it is likely to be done after three weeks when the HC gives its verdict," added another official.