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Was floodline shifted for Midori Towers,asks PCMC

The controversy over the Midori Towers in upmarket Pimple Nilakh area has taken a new turn.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
June 12, 2010 2:56:38 am

The controversy over the Midori Towers in upmarket Pimple Nilakh area has taken a new turn. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has written to the irrigation department seeking a clarification on whether the floodline was changed to accommodate the residential complex. Municipal Comisissioner Asheesh Sharma said the administration has written to the irrigation department to clarify about the floodline and the Midori Towers after allegations surfaced last month that the floodline was pulled inside to accommodate the project.

“We want to end this matter once and for all. The allegations that floodline has been changed does not pertain to us as the floodline was drawn by the irrigation department. Now the irrigation department has to set the record straight,” he said. Denying that his administration was trying to protect Midori Towers,Sharma said,”Midori Towers is not an illegal building,but there has been some irrigularities in its construction,” he said. Vikram Developers,he said,was given permission to construct eight floor building,but the developer has constructed four more floors.

“This is an irregularity and not an illegality. We will impose a fine on the builder for constructing four extra floors. This is as per the guidelines set by the Bombay High Court ,” he said. Officials said the builder will be fined for every extra feet of construction and amount of fine could go beyond Rs 50 lakh.

The builder has already agreed “to pay the fine imposed on him.” The civic chief said he has also checked the records and found that there was no change in the course of nullah as alleged. He said even fire NOC was given after a refuge room as per the norms was constructed by the builder. Sharma said the allegations were brought to fore by Shiv Sena corporator Seema Savle and her husband Sarang Kamthekar who is a Shiv Sena leader. “Due cognisance has been taken of the complaint and proper investigation has been done. The city engineer has conducted the inquiry and has submitted his report to me,” he said. The civic chief also denied that he ever asked the two to go to the High Court.

“Whatever is within our limits we will do. We won’t allow anything that is illegal. But if the law permits a construction to be regularised after paying fine,we would go by the rule book,” Sharma said.

He said appropriate action would be initiated once the reply from the irrigation department is received.

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