ellora-2The high handed behavior of a few developers has again been seen in Navi Mumbai where Ellora Developers has demolished Gobind Sagar CHS in Sector 14, Vashi for re-development without prior permission of NMMC. The legal complications of this could stall the project. For most builders of Navi Mumbai rules and regulations of the NMMC Town Planning Office is something they can play with and hence, they do not fear the consequences of violating them. The debris that you see in these visuals is an example of this. Not many know that a month ago, this was the Gobind Sagar CHS with 16 flats. This society was situated on plot no. 34 in Sector 14, Vashi. Ellora Developers has taken up the re-development project of the society plot and without taking permission from the NMMC Town Planning Office for redevelopment and demolition, went ahead and demolished the building. Take a look at the old society that stood here and what is now debris of the old building. And there is reason why the builders do not fear NMMC anymore. Which can be seen in the reaction of the Vashi Ward Officer to the whole issue – Balkrishna Patil accepts that the builder did not take permission for demolition but has no reply on why the ward office sat quietly when the builder was demolishing the building situated in the same vicinity of his office. And later all he could lamely add was that they will send a notice to the builder. On the other hand the new TPO Kulkarni refused to speak to us on camera. But he did accept, off the camera that Ellora Builders has violated town planning rules and not taken any permission from his office for re-development or demolition. At Ellora Builder’s Office, the builder refused to speak to us on camera but one representative of the builder spoke to us on phone and said that when they did not fear bringing down the building of Gobind Sagar without permission, why would he ever fear media attack for violation of TP norms. Re-development in Navi Mumbai is a very sensitive issue as it will have huge impact on the city infrastructure and system. Cases against re-development are pending in court and in the midst of all this if the NMMC administration fails to take action against Ellora Builders for commencing a re-development project without their permission, corruption will be the only explanation for inaction. With Rajeev Mishra and Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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