Builder can pay a fine and regularize the construction but what about "changing the course of a nullah and pushing a floodline inside?"
How are Vikram Developers going to convince the property buyers, who have booked flats in Midori Towers at Pimple Nilakh Pune, that their life and investment is safe?
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) decides to impose a fine of Rs 50 lakh on Vikrant Developers to regularize the project, Midori Towers, Pimple Nilakh:
PCMC deputy engineer Vasant Kachi said the builder was granted permission for constructing eight floors 2007.
"However, it has been found that four floors of the three buildings of Midori Towers were constructed without permission," he said.
Kachi said the PCMC will impose a compounding fees on the builder to regularize the project as demanded by him.
"He had submitted his transfer of development rights (TDR) plan for the extra floors. If a TDR file is pending with us and a builder constructs illegal floors, he can get it regularized by paying a compound fees. Here, the builder faces a fine of over Rs 50 lakh, 20 per cent of the project cost," he said.
As per the news in today's Indian Express, Avinash Gaikwad, director of Vikrant Developers, said he will pay the fine. "My TDR was pending with the civic body and hence I constructed the extra floors," he said.
Midori Towers, Pimple Nilakh Pune, Elevations, You Paid For!:
PCMC officials said the builder cannot sell the extra 36 flats till they are regularized.
Has anybody booked a flat on these floors?
Controversy about changing the course of a nullah and pushing a floodline inside:
Vikram Developers' Midori Towers, at Pimple Nilakh Pune, ran into controversy after Sena corporator Seema Savle produced documents procured under RTI showing that the project was accommodated by pushing floodline inside, changing the course of a nullah.
"The floodline has been changed as the builder is a relative of a former top irrigation official," alleged Savle in a letter to the CM and the Municipal Commissioner.
Gaikwad said no floodline has been changed.
"I had submitted the proposal in 2006-2007 and the floodline was marked in 2009," he said. Regarding the nullah, he said, "The PCMC is doing storm water treatment work and I will pay whatever is needed."
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