The Western Railway (WR) has served a stop-work notice to the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) for violation of railway permission in construction of a 14-storey building near the Khar railway tracks. The notice to the SRA said the “lateral distance is not maintained as per the approved plan”.
The building is being constructed for the permanent accommodation of Khar slums by developers Shivalik Ventures. This is part of the slum redevelopment project of Golibar area.
For any construction close to the railway tracks and stations, the developer needs to get a no objection certificate (NOC) from the railway. The distance to be maintained depends on the height of the building.
On February 8, WR engineers inspected the site and issued the notice to SRA asking it “to stop the work (construction) immediately and demolish the structure violating railway NOC”.
“As per our NOC, distance of 28m was supposed to be maintained from the railway track boundary. After inspection by our engineers, it was found that only 12-13m distance was maintained. Our inspectors would visit the site again to check whether the work has been ceased,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR.
The SRA, however, denied receiving any such notice. “I am not aware about any notice since it was not addressed to me,” said SS Zende, chief executive officer, SRA.
When contacted, the builder said they had not violated the permission. “Our building is at a distance of 33m from the railway’s last track and so we do not require the NOC, but we have procured one. We have also not received any communication about any such notice by the SRA and our construction is still going on,” said Kiran Jadhav, chief operating officer, Shivalik Ventures.