Nerul’s Shree Ganesh Society has come in the eye of a major controversy being fanned by the issue of redeveloping it. There are 456 flats in the housing society. Majority flat owners are traders working in APMC market. Among the residents of the society are local corporators NCP’s Ashok Gawde and Sapna Gawde and the faction of residents opposing redevelopment plans proposed by Gawdes is Mangala Gharat, a resident of the society and District Vice President of BJP’s Women Wing. She has taken the redevelopment plan to Bombay High Court and got stay on it.
While the dispute over redevelopment is going on for some time now, the issue gained heat when a couple were injured after a chunk of plaster from a ceiling fell in their fifth floor flat. Their five-year-old daughter had a narrow escape as her mother shielded her. The wife sustained head injuries and had to have six stitches.
In a confusion that prevailed the next day of the incident, Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre was expected to visit the society. However NCP leader Ganesh Naik arrived to meet the injured woman and her family and also to inspect the society.
Speaking to NMTV, Ganesh Naik that politics should not be done over redevelopment of the society as lives of citizens is at stake. Ganesh Naik said that he personally feels that the buildings stands the danger of collapsing, hence he has advised the Mayor Jaywant Sutar to present the case of the society in Bombay High Court.
Residents of the society spoke to NMTV and vent out their anger on Mangala Gharat for stalling redevelopment of their homes.
Local NCP corporator Ashok Gawde said that despite two structural audits declaring the society dangerous for living, Mangala Gharat has created legal hurdles to stop redevelopment.
In an interview with NMTV, Mangala Gharat refuted all allegations on her. She said that she has taken the case to court on 4 points :
• She has challenged that IIT report that has listed the building in the C1 category (extremely dangerous).
• She believes that maintenance of the building has been ignored on purpose by Gawdes.
• CIDCO and NMMC have given affidavits in High Court that ShreeGanesh Society is a private society and cannot be granted 2.5 FSI, yet Ashok Gawde is fooling citizens of giving them 2.5 FSI.
• Mangala Gharat has also questioned the role of Jt. Registrar of Co-op Hsg Soc and how it issued NOC for redevelopment.
Mangala Gharat also refuted allegations of this being a BJP versus NCP war and denied doing any politics over the issue.
On his part, Mayor J D Sutar seemed unaware of the legal details of the case, however assured to look into the same. NCP Corporator Sapna Gawde lashed out at Mangala Gharat and said that Shree Ganesh Society cannot be renovated but needs redevelopment.
Until now 2.5 FSI is no less than a sham. As elections, both assembly and municipal are up next, politicians have started blowing the trumpet of redevelopment 2.5 FSI with an eye on votes while the affected citizens continue to suffer the bitter reality of a 20 year old unkept promise of redevelopment. Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.