The Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society building at Cuffe Parade faces the threat of losing its power connection following the controversy that has seen the Navy complaining and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan offering to resign.
The 31-storey building has applied for a water connection from the BMC. BEST has already given it 61 electricity meters,the undertaking said,after serving it a notice warning of disconnection unless it produces its occupation certificate within 24 hours.
BEST supplies power to the island city.
We came to know that the MMRDA has revoked the occupation certificate it issued. Following that we have issued a notice to the society to produce an OC in 24 hours or we will cut off power supply to the building immediately, said Sanjay Potnis,chairman of the BEST committee.
The BMC,which is in charge of supplying water,said the building has applied for a connection but has apparently not been given one yet. A couple of weeks ago,R C Thakur (chief promoter of the society) had sought a meeting with me requesting water supply for the society. The meeting did not took place and I am not aware if the connection was granted or not, said A K Singh,additional municipal commissioner.
The controversy was first reported in The Indian Express in 2003. The plot was reportedly meant to have a six-storey building for Kargil War heroes and their widows but that was later converted into the 31-storey tower,with several bureaucrats,politicians and top defence officers as members of the society. Chavans offer to resign followed reports that some of his relatives have flats in the tower.
Construction at the site is still on. Labourers are at work on the interiors and painting; but when asked about their progress,they refused to speak.