NAGPUR: City’s biggest housing scheme — Anandam Project’s 28 floors comprising 168 flats have allegedly turned out to be unauthorized. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board’s (MPCB) high-level committee has observed 28 floors lack environment clearance and MPCB’s consent to establish. Accordingly, a notice has been slapped on developer Goldbricks Infrastructure Private Ltd warning to prosecute and scrap water and power supply to the project. However, Goldbricks denied any violations.
The MPCB committee’s findings also expose the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) violations done in bid to favour the developer.
The MPCB, on August 11, had constituted a committee comprising five members — assistant secretary (technical) PK Mirashe, regional officer (head office) NN Gaurav, law officer Netra Chaphekar, all from Mumbai, regional officer NS Lohalkar and sub regional officer Hema Deshpande, two from city. The committee was asked to inspect Anandam for verifying if any violations and also allegations made by one of the flat purchasers Avinash Chaurasia. The committee met with unexpected opposition from project land owner during joint inspection with the NMC officials on September 14. Later, the committee with NMC and Goldbricks officials inspected the project on September 29 and also held two meetings.
RTI activist TH Naidu has obtained copy of committee’s report and other relevant documents under the RTI Act. As per the report, the environment clearance sanctioned by the state’s environment department was for S+11 floors for Tower-A and S+15 floors for A-1, B and C. Developer constructed Basement+S+19 floors in Towers- A, A-1, B and C.
The report also mentioned developer constructed E and F blocks with Basement+S+19 floors and no mention about these two blocks in the environment clearance. Though a violation but not technically as developer got sanctioned 17 Towers and constructed only six. Each floor comprises of six flats so 168 are against environment clearance and MPCB consent.
“NMC cannot sanction building plan without ensuring environment clearance and MPCB consent. Still NMC sanctioned revised building plan of Anandam despite no amendment in environment clearance and MPCB consent,” Naidu told TOI.
The MPCB committee also observed JVS (grab) samples show exceeding limits of parameters as per consented standards. Taking serious cognisance of construction of additional floors neglecting mandatory permission and also exceeding limits, Lohalkar issued the notice dated November 24 to Goldbricks warning of prosecution and scrapping power and water supply.
MPCB official said necessary action will be initiated after receiving the reply from the developer.
Chief manager of Goldbricks Pratik Saraogi said the department on May 13, 2014 has given clean chit to Anandam. “Copy of letter is also available with the MPCB. We failed to understand the reason for pointing out all these flaws by MPCB,” he said.
Credits ET Realty