The detailed news reports in the media circulations have been instrumental in getting the attention of the home buyers, for whom SRUIL has been a casket of broken norms and breach of trust.
The BMC –created platform for SRUIL has allowed the corrupt malpractices to flourish openly and brazenly. The SRUIL top management has so far evaded all questions and as per the media reports; no one from the representative group has even tried to clarify a locus standi, from the buyer’s perspective.
Mumbai’s largest luxury tower, and a landmark at Worli naka because of its sheer bulk, has been stalled. Late last week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation threw the rulebook at the developers of Palais Royale, named after the famed Versailles Palace, and a tad less opulent. They have accused the developers — Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure Ltd — of combining two plots without permissions from the BMC’s improvement committee. They have also charged them with building beyond permissions they’ve been granted and ignoring the phase-wise work commencement certificate. For any building, irrespective of the height, the BMC grants phase-wise commencement certificates. In this case, while Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure Ltd had commencement certificates to build up to seven storeys, they have gone ahead and constructed 10 so far. While Vikas Kasliwal, Vice-chairman & CEO of Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure, remained unavailable for comment, BMC’s chief engineer (Development and Planning) Sudhir Ghate confirmed the stop work notice, saying, “We have asked for a detailed progress report regarding the construction. Once the report is handed to us, we will decide on what action should be taken.” The 1000-ft tower, under construction on the land on which Shree Ram Mills stood, was scheduled to be unveiled less than 12 months from now and many of the apartments have been pre-sold. When completed, the building will be around 150 ft higher than Shapoorji Pallonji’s twin towers, Imperial Heights, in Tardeo, but shorter than Lodha’s World One – a project that was announced after Palais Royale. Houses, some of which are spread over 10,000 square feet, are priced between Rs 50 crore and Rs 100 crore. They can be purchased only by invitation. BMC sources, however, said that the nature of the infringements meant a quick settlement was unlikely. The notice, signed by Milind Borikar, Assistant Engineer (Building Proposal), asks Shree Ram Mills Ltd to “stop the erection of the said building” with immediate effect. It goes on to add that any person continuing to work at the site would be removed by the police, and that any equipment on the site should be moved immediately. “The developers have amalgamated two plots without the Improvement Committee’s approval, and submitted plans for redevelopment a few months ago,” a BMC source said. “BMC guidelines are clear: developers have to submit plans to obtain commencement certificates at every phase, which Palais Royale builders didn’t. They also constructed beyond the commencement certificate which they were issued,” he added. Since work began on Palais Royale on a six-acre portion of the mill plot around four years ago, the plan has undergone quite a few changes. The project is spearheaded by Vikas Kasliwal, Vice-chairman & CEO of Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure, who also owns Shree Ram Mills. The company owns around 17 acres of land in Worli and Lower Parel, valued around Rs 2,000 crore. As per the media reports – “The company’s liaison officer, Vijay Pawar, refused to respond to phone calls and SMSes.”