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Respect the law: CM to builders

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has told builders to respect the law of the land and to not bend the rules to make profits.

mumbai Updated: Feb 05, 2011 01:00 IST
Dharmendra Jore

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has told builders to respect the law of the land and to not bend the rules to make profits.

Chavan told the city’s influential builders on Friday that they were welcome to his office only if they had any legal work. He also rejected the builders’ demand for higher floor space index (FSI) for private-public redevelopment projects in the city.

The builders met Chavan as representatives of their umbrella organisation, the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), at the state guesthouse, Sahyadri, at Malabar Hill.

The meeting took place after a section of the media, including the Hindustan Times, recently reported that Chavan would not allow one-on-one meetings with builders.

“I welcome all those who believe in the law of the land. I will ensure legal works get approved as per the rules in a transparent manner,” Chavan said in a press statement issued after the meeting.

He said providing affordable housing in Mumbai was his top priority and he expected builders and developers to play a major role in executing his plan. “Making reasonable profit is acceptable but making exorbitant profits by bending the laws is not acceptable. The state government will ensure it executes its role as a regulator in this,” Chavan told the delegation that included top builders such as Sunil Mantri, Niranjan Hiranandani, GL Raheja, Nayan Shah, Dharmesh Jain and Pravin Doshi.

Sources said Chavan asked the builders to approach the chief secretary’s committee to seek additional FSI. “We have a separate high-power committee to decide on FSI. I cannot do anything on this,” he told the delegation that wanted him to approve of taller buildings for redevelopment projects.

Sources said that Chavan suggested that the MCHI identify core issues and form committees to take those up with his office. According to Mantri, the president of the MCHI, a core committee would bridge the gap between builders and the government. “We will give our inputs on policy-making and deliberate with the officials on how to tackle various problems,” he said.

— With inputs from

Naresh Kamath