Mumbai: Top officials are Harsiddhi occupants

Names of top officials figure in the list of owners who have flats in Mumbai`s Harsiddhi Heights.

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Even as the Adarsh Housing Society controversy refuses to die down, more such apartments are coming under the scanner in Mumbai.

Now, names of top officials have figured in the list of owners who have flats in Mumbai`s controversial Harsiddhi Heights.

The 18-storey apartment building is under the scanner for failing to have secured all mandatory clearances.

The Navy, which had taken over the land from the Army in 1964, wants the building demolished as it had failed to obtain the required NOC from it. According to the Navy, the building has been constructed dangerously close to INS Trata Missile Base.

Reports said Sarladevi, the mother of Mumbai`s Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy, owns a flat in Harsiddhi Heights located in the posh Worli area.

While it is not clear whether Roy’s mother bought the flat at market price or discounted rate, it is noteworthy that many bureaucrats, police officers and their relatives own flats in a building which has been deemed as a threat to national security by the Navy since 2005.

According to reports, other prominent flat owners in Harsiddhi Heights include son-in-law of former Maharashtra chief secretary RM Premkumar, former Joint Municipal Commissioner Satish Bhide, and YP Singh, a former IPS officer now working as a lawyer.

All the top officials have so far denied playing any role in helping the builders get any clearances.

The Bombay High Court had last week asked the developer of the building to stop sale of any more flats and induction of new occupants. It had also sought the names of the current occupants from the builders within a week.

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