The list of claims and counter claims in the controversial Adarsh housing scam seem endless. On Wednesday, the civic body filed its affidavit before the two-member Adarsh inquiry commission constituted to inquire into the irregularities in the controversial society at Colaba.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claimed that the former municipal commissioner, Jairaj Pathak, had allowed the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society to bypass the clearance required from the civic body’s high-rise committee to increase the height of the building.
“Former municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak had endorsed the view whereby members of the Adarsh CHS were not required to take a separate permission from the high-rise committee to increase the height of the Adarsh CHS,” BMC commissioner Subodh Kumar claimed in the affidavit filed before the Adarsh inquiry commission on Wednesday.
Members of the Adarsh housing society had initially submitted an architectural plan of
97.60 m to the civic body, which was subsequently raised to
107 m. Increasing the height of a building requires clearance from the high-rise committee, which the BMC’s affidavit claims was flouted by Phatak to serve the interest of the Adarsh CHS, in lieu of a favour. Phatak, who was the head of the committee for high-rise buildings, did not seek opinion of other committee members when Adarsh’s proposal came up.
Pathak, however, has been claiming that he had adhered to the procedure and his decision in this regard was lawful. He claimed that the committee is just an advisory body and the final decision was to be taken by the commissioner.
Former city collector Debashish Chakraborty and architect Paresh Kapse also filed their affidavits on Wednesday.
Kapse said, “Role of the company was restricted in preparing conceptual and detailed architectural drawings for obtaining approvals from the BMC and getting NOCs from the fire and tree departments.”
Chakraborty on the other hand cited a circular of October 7, 1987, whereby certain powers of collector were delegated to the superintendent of land records.