Mumbai: 140-yr-old chawl’s claim for damage by metro denied – ET RealEstate

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MUMBAI: Bombay high court dismissed a petition filed by residents of two 140-year-old Girgaum buildings alleging that ongoing underground work for the Mumbai Metro project had led to structural cracks and put occupants at serious risk.

The HC, on October 22, noted there were disputed questions of facts as the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) had denied its tunnelling or other work had caused the cracks. The bench said this required investigation which the high court could not undertake.

Within days of noticing “major cracks” in the walls, the Girgaum Ekta Cooperative Housing Society petitioned the HC on October 15 for urgent hearing and relief. The building is an ‘A’ category cessed building-constructed prior to 1940. Over 35 families reside in the two ground-plus-two storey chawls, which also has 10 shops. The building is 34m from the Girgaum Metro subway station. Counsel for the residents, V S Kapse and CN Kumar, informed the HC they were seeking damages as well as rehabilitation from the MMRCL.

In November 2016 and July 2017, the contractor had, after taking a no-objection from the society, carried out a pre-construction building condition survey. However, the society said a fresh survey needs to be conducted before permitting work to continue.

The MMRCL, which is implementing the underground Metro line 3 from Colaba to Seepz via Bandra, disputed the allegations. Its counsel Kazan Shroff submitted before a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni that it did carry out work in close proximity to the building, but the work was “completed long back”. “The cracks in the building are not the result of Metro work, but primarily due to its age and lack of proper maintenance,” he argued, the HC order recorded.

The residents said they had noticed in September that work was on at midnight at a site adjacent to the building, but they said MMRCL had “vehemently denied the claim”.

The HC asked the society to pursue civil litigation or any other permissible legal remedy “to establish its claim for damages”. The court, however, made it clear that residents could reside in the buildings “at their own risk and peril”. Soon after the HC order, MHADA began repair work on the cessed building, said Kapse.

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Hrithik Roshan buys two apartments in Mumbai for Rs 97.50 crore – ET RealEstate

BY: Vallabh Ozarkar and Varun Singh

MUMBAI: Superstar Hrithik Roshan has splashed out a shade under Rs 100 crore for two apartments spread over three floors on the Juhu-Versova Link Road. One of the two apartments is a penthouse with which the actor, who will be seen next on the big screen in his family’s super-hero franchise Krrish, is likely to integrate the other.

While the apartments aren’t quite the Iron Man Tony Stark’s sea cliff house, they are together spread across 38,000 sq ft – that is forty-six 800 sq ft flats — and offer an uninterrupted view of the Arabian Sea. The apartments come with a 6,500 sq ft open-to-the-sky terrace and an exclusive lift. The Roshans will also have access to ten parking slots in the building.

The building in which this mansion-in-the-air is located is called Mannat and the deal, worth Rs 97.50 crore to be precise, was closed on Thursday.

Property documents accessed by Mumbai Mirror reveal that the actor carried out two different registrations with the builder Samir Bhojwani – one for the duplex and the other for the second apartment. He paid Rs 67.50 crore for the duplex, which is spread over 27,534.85 sq ft on the 15th and 16th floors of the building. For the other apartment, that measures 11,165.82 sq ft on the 14th floor, Hrithik paid Rs 30 crore. He paid a stamp duty of Rs 1.95 crore for the registration of the apartments.

Bhojwani’s representative refused to comment on the sale, but a broker from Bandra, who was privy to the deal, said Hrithik had finalised the purchase almost a month ago.

The Roshans in June 2020 rented an apartment in Juhu’s Prime Beach building at Rs 8.25 lakh-a-month. A message sent to the actor’s public relations manager yielded no response.

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Issue two notices a month to shaky buildings: Mumbai mayor – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Mayor Kishori Pednekar directed ward officials to issue notices twice a month to buildings identified as old and dilapidated by BMC.

Pednekar on Monday held a review meeting following recent house collapses, including Mishra building in Nagpada. Pednekar told officials to cut off electricity and water supply to buildings where lives of residents are at risk.

This, she said was necessary, so BMC has records of having warned residents about the precarious condition of the building and danger to their lives. BMC has repeatedly faced flak for not doing enough to warn residents to vacate such buildings.

She urged civic officials to consider proposals of redevelopment where landlords and tenants have come together. If hurdles are being created by the landlord or developer, Pednekar said officials must book them under the stringent Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act.

There are 432 old and dilapidated buildings (c-1) across the city. Surprisingly most are in H(W ) ward, which is Bandra (West) and in T ward (Mulund). In both wards, around 50 buildings are on the list on BMC’s portal.

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BMC resumes demolition of dangerous buildings in Mumbai – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: After several cases of building collapses this monsoon, the BMC has resumed its drive to vacate and demolish dilapidated buildings. The civic body had halted its crackdown on such buildings in April owing to the pandemic and lockdown.

Civic officials said 443 buildings listed as dilapidated have been marked for demolition by the end of the year. The BMC classifies these as C1 category buildings, meaning they are beyond repair and need to be demolished urgently. Of the 433, 52 are BMC-owned, 27 belong to the state government and 364 are privately owned.

Zone 3, which includes Bandra and Andheri, accounts for 109 of these buildings. Zone 6, which covers Mulund, Ghatkopar and Bhandup, has 105.

In Zone 7, which includes areas such as Borivali, Kandivali and Dahisar, the BMC has already demolished eight of 53 dangerous buildings and evacuated another 14. Officials said the BMC has cut electric and water supply to another 16 buildings in these areas as residents are refusing to vacate them.

L ward has 23 dilapidated buildings, of which seven have been demolished, said Manish Walunj, assistant municipal commissioner of the ward. One of the seven, a ground-plus-twostorey building, was razed on Thursday.

“There was a dispute between the tenants and the landlord and a stay order on the [demolition of] Chakkiwala building on Pipe Road,” said Manish Walunj, assistant municipal commissioner, L ward. “We got the stay vacated and ensured that all residents moved out. Once the stay was vacated, we demolished the building. We are taking action after following due process.”

BMC resumes demolition of dangerous buildings in Mumbai
K-West ward has 46 dilapidated buildings. Of these, 13 have been vacated and the BMC has cut water and electricity supply to 15. “On Thursday we demolished the ground-plus-threestorey Deepavali building,” said Vishwas Mote, assistant municipal commissioner, K-West ward.

“There was a stay on the building’s demolition but we moved the high court and got the stay vacated. Since the building was adjacent to the main road, it was necessary to get it demolished. It was in a terrible condition. The residents had vacated it but the owners of some shops on the ground floor had refused to move out.”

In July, nearly one-third the sixstorey cessed Bhanushali building near Lucky House in Fort collapsed, killing 10 people. On August 27, a 12-year-old girl and a 70-year-old woman succumbed to their injuries at JJ hospital after part of a toilet collapsed in Mishra Building at Shuklaji Street, Byculla.

The same day, a woman sustained serious injuries when part of a building collapsed in Chembur. Also on the same day, a portion of a two-storey house at Gautam Nagar in Deonar caved in. One woman sustained injuries and was admitted to Shatabdi Hospital.

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