Adarsh society is a security risk: Navy tells Defence Ministry

The Navy has pointed out that the building is very near to a strategic fuel dump and an arms and ammunition depot of the armed forces.

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: In an important development, the Indian Navy on Wednesday in its report to the Defence Ministry has observed that the Adarsh Housing Society in Colaba poses a grave security threat to the defence establishments in the area.

The report, which is based on Navy’s internal inquiry, has highlighted concerns over the safety clearance given to the society to construct the building –which was originally meant to be a six-storey structure of house for the Kargil war heroes and widows, was converted into a 31-storey building.

Expressing concern, the Navy has pointed out that the building is very near to a strategic fuel dump and an arms and ammunition depot of the armed forces.

Moreover its presence near a key naval base is a major cause of worry, the Navy said.

On the issue of the ownership of the land, the Navy has made it clear that it did not own the land but is surely concerned about the construction on there not just due to the security considerations but also because it falls in the coastal zone.

The Army on its part has already told the ministry that it did not own the land but it was under its control for past many years and is unaware as to how it got transferred to a private builder. Maharashtra government had been all along claiming that the state government owned the land.

Meanwhile, the CBI which is probing the scam has, as per reports, given a clean chit to the Navy, saying that the No Objecting Certificate (NOC) towards the construction of the building was not issued by the Navy.

Interestingly, as per media reports, Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Commander Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin had, four months back, written to the state govt seeking details about the flat owners in the building that’s located in a sensitive zone, but the state govt never responded.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had last week set up a two-member panel- Pranab Mukherjee and AK Antony - to probe how Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society came up on a piece of land meant for the families of Kargil martyrs and the allotment of flats to politicians, bureaucrats and military officials.