The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has demanded that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should register an FIR against the officials of its transport wing, BEST, in connection with the Adarsh society scam.
MNS’ group leader in BMC Sandeep Deshpande has said the FIR should be lodged against the officials concerned for allowing the use FSI of a plot owned by BEST for construction of the Adarsh
co-operative housing society in Colaba. The plot, measuring 2,669 sq metres, is located next to the land where the society has come up and it was reserved for developing a bus depot.
“It can’t be understood why FSI of the plot meant for a depot was allowed to be consumed in the construction of a residential building. It is nothing but violation of Section 50 of the MRTP Act, 1966. Plus, BEST officials did not seek approval of statutory committees within the BMC before giving NOC for use of FSI,” said Deshpande, also a member of BEST committee, referring to the findings of the Commission of Enquiry on Adarsh CHS. The report was rejected by the state government during the recently concluded winter session of state assembly.
In the letter written to mayor Sunil Prabhu, municipal chief Sitaram Kunte and BEST general manager OP Gupta, Deshpande has said if action is not taken it will send a wrong signal to the public. “No action will make people feel the government is backing illegal constructions and the opposition is being helpless,” Deshpande added. He insisted the BEST must cancel permission granted to the society for use of FSI and submit an affidavit in this regard before court.
On asked, Prabhu curtly refused to entertain the MNS corporator’s demand. Prabhu said it is the onus of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the special planning authority for the area where the controversial building stands, to act against the guilty.
“Deshpande lacks proper study of the issue. He should understand that the issue falls under the purview of MMRDA, headed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. If at all any action is to be taken, it has to be initiated by the MMRDA and not BMC. Why should the BMC cleanse the state government’s sin?” said Prabhu, but added that he supports the view that the building should be brought down.