Projects by prominent developers from Navi Mumbai, which have taken shape in Kharghar, Ulwe, Dronagiri and the periphery of Panvel areas, seem to have landed in trouble due to alleged floor space index (FSI) and construction norm violations.
The town planning department in Pune has confirmed to FSI violations by these developers in its report submitted to the state government. A meeting was recently held in Mantralaya at the office of principal secretary of urban development department to discuss the matter.
The town planning directorate had received complaints of FSI violations by prominent developers from satellite city, and as a result, the state government had ordered the department to survey various projects by these developers and submit report.
A source said, “Some officials of the town planning department of Cidco were aware of the violations that were taking place. No action was taken despite the matter being brought to the notice of some senior officials.”
“An inquiry into the matter will reveal the truth. All those officials who cleared the files should be probed. It clearly shows the nexus between officials, developers and architect in shaping the FSI fraud. The plans approved by Cidco are not in line with the development control regulations,” the source added.
Cases of FSI violations are not new to Navi Mumbai. Earlier, the then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, had admitted on the floor of the House about FSI violations at 23-odd buildings on the Palm Beach Road.
The sources said, “The developers whose projects have allegedly landed in trouble also include some developers who are trying to have a pie in Navi Mumbai’s redevelopment projects. Some of them have already completed projects in areas like Kharghar, wherein too, they have indulged in unauthorized constructions by constructing some floors which are not as per the approved plan.”