The decision on tenders invited for demolishing the illegal floors in the Campa Cola compound that came up for approval at the civic standing committee Wednesday has now been deferred to Thursday. The committee meet was adjourned after corporators across party lines argued for regularisation of floors that fall within the permissible Floor Space Index (FSI) limits.
After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) invited tenders to do away with illegal floors of the seven Campa Cola buildings,two contractors had forwarded applications.
With the estimated cost of demolition set at Rs 2.84 crore,the BMC plans to award the contract to Landmark Corp which made a joint bid with Keman Enterprises. The demolition,to be carried out on 35 illegal floors in the seven buildings,is estimated to continue till March 2014.
With less than 20 days left for the demolition,BMC chief Sitaram Kunte will attend the standing committee meeting on Thursday to finalise on the tender for the demolition. At the standing committee meeting,corporators debated on the administrations decision to go ahead with the demolition.
Patel said,The administration had no answers when we questioned them on why they were not in favour of regularisation. Section 64B of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP) can be used to regularise the land that falls within permissible FSI limit. The administration,in collusion with builders who stand to benefit from the demolition,is not exercising the law.
Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh said,Many buildings in Mumbai that violate FSI limits have been regularised in the past. The administration does not have any reason not to do the same for Campa Cola buildings.
The Campa Cola compound falls under CRZ2 zone (Coastal Regulation Zone) which does not allow a residential building. Two different builders,have been trying to get hold of the land to build a star hotel. The land was not classified under CRZ when construction of the flats took place in 1980, BJP corporator and education committee chairman Manoj Kotak said.