A residential complex being built by popular builder group Neel Siddhi Builders of Navi Mumbai has come in the midst of controversy. The project is built by the group at Aire village in Dombivli near Kopar Railway Station. When the violations were brought to the notice of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation, the civic body issued stop work notice for the project and has asked them to submit revised plans according to the legal framework. Anyone travelling towards Kalyan, ahead of Dombivli will not miss these huge towers that fall right in front of Kopar Railway Station. Spread over an area of 35000 sq mts, Neel Siddhi’s Balaji Garden has 9 towers. However, the project that had become a major attraction in the area is now engulfed in controversy and allegations that are grave in nature. The project has been built by popular builder group of Navi Mumbai “Neel Siddhi” builders along with a builder group of Dombivli Mahavir Enterprises. The builder groups have allegedly made serious violations in the project ranging from submitting fake documents for getting legal approvals to CRZ violations. And the controversy begins right from the title clearance of the plot where the towers stand today. While hearing a petition filed against this by a local, Dashrath Patil the High Court ordered investigations to be conducted. In lieu of this, the KDMC has stated that the ownership title shown by the 39 people and the builder stands cancelled. Besides this, the local corporator of the area Congress’s Ravi Patil has made serious allegations about the project. Ravi Patil who is also a member of the KDMC Standing Committee informed NMTV News that the builder group has violated CRZ norms, have not taken environment clearance and have misled KDMC by showing a road in the plan that actually is a railway track at the site. Ravi Patil also made another startling expose and said that the entire area of the project is surrounded by railways and hence to enter the area you have to cross a Railway Bridge. The height of this railway bridge will not permit fire vehicles to pass by. This revelation spells threat to the lives of the families who have moved in; in four of these towers in case a fire was to occur as fire vehicles will not be able to enter the area. Ravi Patil informed us that after he raised the issue in the meeting, the Chairman ordered an enquiry in the matter. The enquiry by KDMC in the Neel Siddhi project exposed other violations, the gravest being that the builder group has allegedly submitted fake documents to get the corporation’s clearance and FSI. After the enquiry, in a letter given to the builders, the KDMC has ordered that work at the site be immediately stopped and the corporation has even cancelled the FSI used by the builder of the project falling in the green zone area. The KDMC has ordered the builder group to submit revised plans for approval. According to KDMC Standing Committee Chairman Waman Mhatre, KDMC officials were responsible for the violations as much as the builders. Waman Mhatre said that in future if any fire incident takes places and claims lives of innocents who come to live in the Neel Siddhi’s Balaji Garden towers then KDMC officials and the builder will be responsible. On the other hand underplaying all the violations and allegations, Neel Siddhi Group’s Director Jamnadas Palan said that they had not expected that their clearances would be cancelled under political pressure. The builder says that they are planning legal action KDMC for it. However, the KDMC is determined that until all violations are not corrected and action taken, the project will not be granted OC. This case has once again exposed how builders fool gullible buyers who buy homes in such controversial projects. It’s a wonder who reputed banks like HDFC and ICICI back home loans in such illegal projects. With cameraperson Satish Garud, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
February 5, 2009