The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) may have violated its own norms while implementing its ambitious Tulsiwadi redevelopment scheme at Tardeo.
Information procured by a local activist Amit Maru from the corporation under the Right to Information Act reveals that the work for the Rs610 crore project has begun without the requisite No Objection Certificates from related municipal departments like the hydraulic department and the stormwater drain department.
Ensconced next to the plush Willingdon Club, the project seeks to rehabilitate more than 3000 families, including 724 conservancy workers, in the 76,345 sqmt urban renewal scheme project.
Maru is the President of the Meg Welfare Group (MWG), a representative body of the conservancy workers.
The scheme being implemented by M/s Mangal Shrusthi Griha Nirman (a collaboration between M/s Shapoorji Palonji and M/s Akruti Nirman) on BMC’s behalf will see more than one plot being simultaneously redeveloped. The agreement required the builder/contractors to procure permissions from the departments before the commencement of the work.
However, even as construction of plinth of five eighteen storey buildings is underway, Maru filed three separate RTI applications. A response to the applications filed with the hydraulic department, the stormwater drain department and the sewerage
department revealed that two of the three departments were yet to give their clearance to the development project. The sewerage department gave a go-ahead on September 19, over 20 days after Maru moved the RTI application.
Interestingly, the scheme was undertaken by the BMC with the prime motive of restoring and repairing over a century-old drain network in the area over which the slum colony had been built.
Work at the site, claimed Maru, began in May. MWG’s counsel YP Singh said the condition for the intimation of disapproval, required before work commencement, necessitates the remarks.
Assistant municipal commissioner Ramesh Pawar, confessing that nod from the various civic departments, was indeed required, said, “The responsibility of checking all the documents before issuance of the NOC lies with BMC’s building proposal department.”
The project, incepted in 1997, has seen constant delays with several court cases being filed against the project.