Cops wary of Shivajinagar building in Pune

Friday, 4 March 2011 - 9:06am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued a stop-work notice to the developer establishing a commercial complex, ‘Cello Platina’, adjacent to the Shivajinagar police headquarters on Fergusson College Road.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued a stop-work notice to the developer establishing a commercial complex, ‘Cello Platina’, adjacent to the Shivajinagar police headquarters on Fergusson College Road.

The civic body’s move comes in the wake of the apprehensions of the city police about the safety of the Shivajinagar police headquarters and the alleged violations made by the Mumbai-based developer, Cello Peninsula Properties.

The additional city engineer of PMC, Vivek Kharvadkar, told DNA that the developer has violated the permissions granted to construct the building.

“We inspected the site after receiving a letter from the Pune police. We found that the builder was permitted to build six floors, but has constructed two additional storeys,” he said.

The PMC has issued a stop-work notice and sought explanation from the developer. “We will take a call on whether or not to demolish the illegal construction after receiving the reply,” Kharvadkar said.
 
Sources in the city police told DNA that construction of this huge commercial building poses a security threat to the neighbouring police headquarters housing the Shivajinagar police station and other assets of the police.

“There is a police armoury at the Shivajinagar police headquarters along with a dog squad of the bomb detection and disposal squad. Moreover, frequent training of police personnel also take place on the premises,” the police officials pointed out.

There are movement of VIPs and ministers, who visit the headquarters for functions organised by the city police. Those prisoners who are sent outside the city to be produced in different courts are brought to the Shivajinagar police headquarters and sent to courts escorted by police personnel.

The reserve police for VIP security are also housed on the premises. “Having such a huge structure next to the Shivajinagar police headquarters would be a security threat. We have requested the PMC to look into it,” the police sources said.
The developer could not be contacted despite several attempts. Sunny Malik, an official of the project’s management consultant, Cushman & Wakefield, declined comment.


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