The NMMC Town Planning Dept. has completed its survey on illegal buildings but the final report has yet not been submitted. The Mayor informed NMTV News that the survey is done but now they will hold a meeting with the Thane Guardian Minister to finalize the report and action to be taken on violations. And since the meeting has not happened yet, the report of the TPO is gathering dust. Towers on Palm Beach Road and the violations made by them have continuously been reported on NMTV. Another sensational allegation was made by city journalist Jayesh Samant who had written an article on this alleging that a former Commissioner is partner with builders in projects on Palm Beach Road. On demand of the Standing Committee, NMMC Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede set up an enquiry committee comprising of officials of Town Planning Office who were to submit a report on the violations by high rises on Palm Beach Road by January end. However, the very purpose of forming the committee is proving to be of no use as the survey concluded by the TPO officials is still biting dust. At NMMC, Mayor Sagar Naik confirmed that the survey is over but analysis on violation still needs to be done. Journalist Jayesh Samant says that despite the failure to meet the deadline, the Standing Committee members are quite. Another significant point raised by Jayesh Samant was that there is a question mark on the credibility of the survey as TPO officials who have been blamed for being party to FSI thefts with builders form the committee that conducted the survey. The Standing Committee members have neither objected to this nor to the fact that the committee is over a month past its deadline and the report is not ready. However Standing Committee members defend their quietness over the matter till date. Shiv Sena Corporator Vijayanand Mane too had no convincing replies for failing to take up the issue. He only said that if the present committee’s survey fails, they demand for the formation of a new committee On the other hand, the ruling front’s leader in NMMC Mayor Sagar Naik defended the delay saying that they are awaiting a meeting with Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik to take a call on the action to be taken against the FSI violations nailed by the committee. It is being reported that the FSI violations by towers on Palm Beach Road and Sanpada are much graver than it is being reported. The violations are to the tune of over Rs. 1000 Crore. Perhaps that’s why some activists groups that believe that builders will go scot free despite the violations have decided to file a PIL soon. He said that the very fact that TPO officials have conducted the survey, which lacks transparency, will be the basis of PIL. The continuous expose being made on the level of corruption and violations on Palm Beach Road, calls for immediate action. If the violators are not booked, it will set a wrong precedent for all builders to blatantly form a corrupt nexus with NMMC officials for monetary benefits at the cost of the life and property of innocent citizens. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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