Former general manager of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking,Swadheen Kshatriya on Thursday began his deposition before the two-member Adarsh commission that was formed to probe the Adarsh housing society controversy.
During the cross-examination by a senior counsel for the commission,the official reiterated his stand that the BEST undertaking did not agree for a change of reservation of a portion of the Backbay bus depot plot from it to the Adarsh society. He claimed that BEST took this stand as it had been using the area as an access road for the depot since 1976.
The depot had been functional on the land since that year. The change in reservation was done by the state government in 2004.
A portion of land measuring 3,758.8 square metres was allotted to Adarsh out of 21,139 square metres. Kshatriya also said that a letter sent by him to the state government giving his remarks on the issue was misconstrued as a no-objection certificate (NOC) by the state government.
The letter issued by him to the state government had noted that the plot in question was in use as an access road for the BEST depot. He had asked the department to take a suitable decision as regards the request made by Adarsh while keeping this position unchanged and also while maintaining the width of the plot,the official has claimed.
In his deposition,Kshatriya also stated that the department received no request from the state government for transfer of floor space index (FSI) from the depot to the society.