In the wake of complaints by Walkeshwar’s Dani Co-operative Society against a neighbouring 15-storey under-construction tower, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Dilip Walse Patil on Tuesday said the state should carry out a probe against the developer if original plans cleared by authorities were not adhered to.
Walse Patil gave his directive during Question Hour, following queries by MLAs over permission granted to a skyscraper in alleged violation of Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms.
The redevelopment proposal, by Earth Developers, includes super-luxurious sea-facing flats after rehabilitating original tenants. The adjoining had complained to the civic body and moved High Court.
The legislators alleged the building violated CRZ norms as it fell within 500 meters of the high tide line, where no new development is allowed. There was also no existing landward construction along this plot.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in his written reply said the developers had sought permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He said they had been allowed to construct only up to seven floors; further construction was conditional to MoEF approval.
But legislators said even construction of up to seven floors was in violation of the plan. Walse Patil said if this was true, the state must hold an inquiry.