The ruling party in the civic body, Shiv Sena, is opposing the city’s tallest tower to come up in Lower Parel.
The party has demanded that the civic body should not give permission for the construction of the 117-storey tower because it will put more burden on civic amenities like water supply, road and electricity supply.
A Sena delegation, led by Ajay Chaudhary, Vibhag Pramukh of South Central Mumbai area and former MLA Dagdu Sakpal, along with ten corporators met Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and demanded that the skyscraper plan be scrapped.
“We have submitted more than 400 letters of housing societies, local mandals with about 8,000 signatures to the mayor,” said Chaudhary.
“The basic amenities in the area have already been affected because of newly constructed malls and high rises in Prabhadevi, Worli, Lower Parel, Elphinstone Road and Currey Road since 2000. Original residents, who have lived in the area for generations, are unable to get sufficient water supply,” he said.
The party also warned the mayor that if the civic body permits the proposed tower, the party will stage an agitation against the decision.
When asked about MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha whose construction company—Lodha group— plans to build the high rise, and whose party (BJP) is in alliance with the Sena in BMC, Chaudhary said, "Our party leader (Uddhav Thackeray) is well aware of our stand and we will stand behind common people. Apart from amenities this is also concern of our culture and traditions, which are seen in the area, will get wiped out if we allow these high rises," he said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jadhav said, “The civic body has not issued an Intimation of Disapproval (IOD) to Lodha developers, which is the basic permission to start construction of the building.”
While an official from civic Building Proposal (BP) department said that the developer has got permission to construct 7-storey building as of now.