Mithibai College in Vile Parle has run into a controversy over the reconstruction of its building,with allegations of FSI violations being levelled against it.
A public interest litigation has been filed by Gulmohar Area Societies Welfare Group,which claims that the construction of the structure involves violations of Floor Space Index (FSI) norms.
The petitioners claimed that the college used close to twice the FSI permitted for the building. Arguing before a Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice N M Jamdar,their counsel Janak Dwarkadas questioned how the college built three basement floors,claiming that only two were permitted according to the Development Control Regulations (DCR). He claimed that an additional basement had been constructed in the guise of a lower ground floor.
The college would not ordinarily need such a large parking space for cars. How many students come to college in cars?, Dwarkadas argued,citing the possibility that the auditorium would be used for concerts or weddings.
The petitioners also expressed an apprehension that the area,marked as refuge area,will later be converted into classrooms.
However,appearing for one of the trustees of the society governing the college,senior counsel Prasad Dhakephalkar told the court that the FSI for the lower ground floor had been computed by the civic corporation and the requisite premium had been paid.
This claim was also subsequently supported by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Dhakephalkar also assured the court that the refuge area would not be converted into a classroom. The petitioners can approach the court at a later stage if they find that such a construction is being undertaken, he said.
The college trust also claimed that the petition is a ghost battle filed at the instance of one Harit Desai who lost the elections to the board of trustees. It pointed out that the petition was filed on the basis of information obtained by the lessor with whom the college is engaged in a civil dispute.
The case will be argued further on Thursday.
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