MUMBAI: The controversial Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) has cleared a builder’s proposal to develop a Vile Parle plot marked as recreation ground (RG) in the city’s development plan (DP). Realizing that it has been caught on the wrong foot, the SRA has now sought the state urban development (UD) department’s advice to salvage the situation.
“The SRA had referred to the town planning survey (TPS) while giving permission to the project at Nanda Patkar Road in Vile Parle (E) and it was only when the DP was incorporated in the TPS that the SRA came to know about the reservation on the plot,” an SRA official stated.
A senior UD official indicated that stern action would be taken against the erring official and the developer. “DP reservation has to be honoured. There is no alternative,” the official said. “We will examine the papers of the project and accordingly, give our opinion to the SRA,” the UD official added.
Meanwhile, in a damage control exercise, the SRA has issued stop-work notice to the developer for constructing up to 10th floor of A and B wing of the sale component, which is beyond the permissible commencement certificate (CC). “The authority has even served notice under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act to the developer for carrying out construction work beyond permissible CC,” S S Zende, CEO, SRA said.
Under the MRTP Act, a developer can be penalized for carrying out irregular constructions. Worried about their future, the affected slumdwellers and those who have purchased flats in sale component of the redevelopment project, approached former corporator Parag Alavani to bail them out of the crisis. “Stern action should be initiated against the developer and officials of the authority for violating the norms. But, while taking any decision on the issue, the administration should ensure that it protects the interest of 250 slumdwellers and over 150 citizens who have purchased flats in the controversial project,” Alavani added.
Borivli-based Surti Developer is developing the Sai Magan slum redevelopment project at Nanda Patkar Road in Vile Parle, (E). Arvin Surti, developer of the project, declined to comment on the issue.