Adarsh Society on the Way of Losing It's Existence

Adarsh housing society building in Mumbai should be demolished for violating green norms, said by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The Adarsh society high-rise was constructed in the posh Colaba locality of Mumbai, which is considered a sensitive coastal area by the defence establishment and houses various key establishments.

The environment ministry had in November last year served a notice to the society, asking it why the illegal floors in the building should not be demolished.

The building has 103 flats of which 37 have been allotted to defence personnel including two for families of Kargil heroes and the rest going to civilians.

The 31 storey building in Mumbai's plush Colaba locality was originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil War heroes and their kin but was later extended to 31 floors allegedly without mandatory permission.

It also became the centre of a scam that claimed the job of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan after allegations surfaced of collusion between bureaucrats and politicians to corner flats in the building constructed on a prime plot measuring nearly 6,500 sq m in south Mumbai.

The ministry, in its 29-page order, concluded that the 31-storey structure built at Block 6, Backbay Reclamation Area in Mumbai's upscale Colaba area, is unauthorized and should be removed in its entirety and the area be restored to its original condition.

The society, however, said it would challenge the order in court.

Shrusti Jain

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