Seriously examining issue of highrise in Navy area: Antony

Government is seriously examining the issue of a high-rise constructed in Naval area in Mumbai.

New Delhi/Mumbai: Government is seriously
examining the issue of a high-rise constructed in Naval area
in Mumbai in alleged violation of rules, Defence Minister
A K Anthony said today even as Navy took exception to
Maharashtra government giving clearance to the building.

"Government is seized of the matter and we are examining
(it) seriously," Antony told reporters on the sidelines of the
two-day Coast Guard Commanders Conference in Delhi.

However, he did not indicate if the Defence Ministry
will order a probe into the alleged role of senior defence
officers in the issue amid reports that two former army chiefs
and several admirals and generals along with politicians and
bureaucrats were among the flat allottees.

The Navy has objected to Maharashtra government
according permission for Occupation Certificate to 31-storey
Adarsh Society building in Colaba, citing serious security

"Despite repeated intimations to various concerned
departments of Maharashtra government to not issue a `No
Objection Certificate` or an `Occupation Certificate (OC)`, it
has come to our notice that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Development Authority (MMRDA) has issued an OC to Adarsh
Society building in Colaba," a defence spokesperson told PTI
in Mumbai.

"The Navy has again written to all concerned departments
of the state government not to issue either a NOC or an OC,
temporary or permanent, to the Adarsh Society building," the
spokesperson said.

The 100-metre tall building next to a planned helipad
and military installations has violated the CRZ limit of a
height of 30 metres, Navy sources said.


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