Defence Ministry to take `balanced view` on Adarsh demolition order

After the Environment Ministry recommended the demolition of the Adarsh Housing Society, Defence Ministry Tuesday said it would take a "balanced view" on the issue before arriving at any decision.

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 16:10 PM IST

New Delhi: After the Environment Ministry
recommended the demolition of the Adarsh Housing Society
building in Mumbai for violating coastal regulations, Defence
Ministry Tuesday said it would take a "balanced view" on the
issue before arriving at any decision.

"I don`t want to comment on the views of others but I
would say that a balanced view would be taken in the ministry.
.... I can`t comment on the future of the building but a view
will be taken in best interest of everybody," Minister of
State for Defence MM Pallam Raju told reporters here.

He was responding to queries about the future of the
building in view of the Environment Ministry`s recent
recommendation.

The CBI is also likely to give its recommendations as to
whether the building constructed next to a sensitive naval
base is a security threat and whether it should be demolished
or given to the Defence Ministry for public use.

The CBI probe into scam was recommended by the ministry
after it emerged that flats were allotted to several senior
serving and retired military personnel including three former
Service chiefs.

On Sunday, the Environment Ministry recommended that the
31-storey building should be demolished within three months as
the project in Mumbai`s upmarket Colaba was "unauthorised" and
violated the spirit of coastal regulations.

The Environment Ministry in its final orders on the
controversial building, in which flats were doled out to
politicians, top defence personnel and bureaucrats as well as
their kin, had said, "The unauthorised structure built...
should be removed in its entirety and the area restored to its
original condition."

Asked if the Defence Ministry would recommend a CBI probe
in the Kandivali land scam, Raju said, "If the Army Command
has recommended a CBI probe, then I think probably the
Ministry will follow the advice."

In his report, Southern Army Commander Lt Gen Pradeep
Khanna has said that a plot of land in Kandivali-Malad area in
Mumbai, which was with Army on lease, was sold "illegally" to
a private builder in 2007 at the intervention of Inderjit
Singh and Gen Deepak Kapoor.

The land in question belongs to the state government and
had been on rent with the Central Ordnance Depot since 1942.

On the issue of China issuing stapled visas to residents
of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said,
"It is unacceptable to us."

PTI