grahitam-1A member of the Grain Merchants Association has been fighting against the illegalities at Grohitam – a building made only for merchants, brokers and agents at APMC Market. Despite years of following the matter with NMMC, the corporation is yet to take action against the irregularities. This is Grohitam building at the APMC Market at Vashi that was constructed exclusively for merchants, agents and brokers, who were members of Grain Merchants Association. There are nearly 450 members of the association. However, Hasmukh Thakkar – one member of the GMA alleges that an officer of the trustees body has indulged in serious irregularities in the building that calls for serious action on part of NMMC and CIDCO but so far – no concrete action has been taken. According to Hasmukh Thakkar, the first thing he is fighting against is the alleged scam of crores of rupees that has been done while selling offices at Grohitam to non members for commercial profits. He blames one Rasiklal Satra of the Dalal Hitavardhak Mandal for the same. According to Thakkar, in the 9 storyed Grohitam building, 80% of the 333 offices have been sold to non members. Most of these have illegally demolished the original structure to increase the space within their and these illegal changes has damaged the structural strength of the building. Thakkar says that without any fear of civic action or law and rules, the violators have illegally built 9 shops outside the building despite there being no provision of this in the original plan of CIDCO and or in the plans available at Town Planning Office. Thakkar alleges that over the years, there also are no accounts maintained of the finances involved in sale of shops and this in itself is a scam worth over Rs 7 Crore. Accusing Rasiklal Satra of Dalal Hitavardhak Mandal, he alleges that Satra in connivance with CIDCO officials are behind this. Last week, Hasmukh Thakkar received a letter from NMMC Town Planning Office confirming some irregularities at Grohitam but action on the same is still not being taken. Thakkar says that every time he approaches authorities he is sent back with hollow assurances. With Hasmukh Thakkar, so vigorously following up the matter with the NMMC Town Planning Office, the NMMC Encroachment Dept. and Turbhe ward office, hopefully action will soon be taken against the violations at Grohitam building. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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