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Housing society row: Aamir withdraws offer to members

Written by Sharvari Patwa | Mumbai | Posted: April 3, 2014 1:21 am

Less than a month after an octogenarian woman and her daughter alleged that the managing committee of their housing society is misleading homeowners and pressuring them to sell 60 per cent of the premises to Aamir Khan — who apparently wanted the land to build a bungalow for himself — the actor has withdrawn his offer to buy the prime property.

In a March 31 letter to the managing committee of Virgo Cooerpative Housing Society in Bandra’s Pali Hill, Khan wrote, “In the light of objections raised by some members and taking cognizance of the fact that untrue allegations about me are floated by certain members of the society, I would like to withdraw my offer. I hope it puts an end to allegations about me pressuring members to sell out and displacing them so that I could build my mansion. I wish the society and its members a good and happy life.”

Dr Pamela de Sa, 87, and her daughter Dr Geneve de Sa, 50, had complained to the deputy registrar of co-operative societies in March that the managing committee was pushing Khan’s proposal, which they said was a “falsely conceived redevelopment scheme”. The Indian Express had reported this on March 21.

When contacted, Kondon Sabloak, member secretary of the society, said, “Aamir Khan was feeling uncomfortable after such controversies erupted in his name. He has withdrawn his offer for buying the flats to construct his bungalow. At present, we are not planning to approach any builder for an alternative redevelopment scheme. As of now everything is on hold.”

Sabhloak said he was apprehensive any builder would approach the society with a redevelopment offer. “The building does not have any extra incentive Floor Space Index (FSI) available. Why would any builder want to take up such a redevelopment scheme,” he pointed out.

Virgo Cooperative Housing Society has 23 members and comprises two ground-plus-three-storey buildings, Marina Apartments and Bella Vista, each of which has 12 flats. Khan owns two flats in Marina and one in Bella Vista, and first expressed interest in acquiring a part of the plot in December 2011. He had offered to buy 20,000 sq ft of the 36,207 sq ft (3,364 sq m) property at the rate of Rs 70,000 per sq ft of carpet area from society members interested in selling their flats or garages to him.

“The managing committee is favouring the acceptance of a proposal from Aamir Khan who is trying to purchase 60 per cent of the flats for his own residence by forcibly dis-housing the existing members of the society and compelling them to search new premises,” the de Sas wrote to the deputy registrar on March 11. Pamela de Sa owns two flats in Marina, and Geneve de Sa owns two garages in Bella Vista.

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