Mumbai: Over 350 students studying in the Greenlawns School, Worli, and their parents can heave a sigh of relief. After dilly-dallying on giving a no-objection certificate (NOC) for repairs of the school building, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has given an apology and undertaking in the Bombay High Court to give the go-ahead for the work.
The body has given an unconditional apology for not complying with the orders of the court to give an NOC within 10 days and for causing procedural delay. In an undertaking, a Mhada official has said that the body shall unconditionally issue an NOC within a period of seven days from November 17, when the matter was heard in court.
Greenlawns School, Worli, has been running on a rental basis from a 60-year-old building called ‘Poddar Bungalow’ for the last 50 years. The property, being under dispute, has been in a state of neglect. Structural audits conducted by different agencies, including one by Mhada in 2014, had declared that the building was in urgent need of repairs.
The school had approached the High Court for directions to Mhada to conduct repair and reconstruction of the building. It was decided that the co-owners would pay for the repairs and the court had appointed an architect for the work. In orders dated May 2, 2016 and July 29, 2016, the HC had ordered that Mhada give NOC to architects to carry out the work within 10 days of their application for NOC after completing measurements and other requirements.
Mhada, however, was delaying the NOC by demanding various documents from the architects besides demanding 70 percent consent of tenants. The body also demanded that the request be made from a repair board panel architect, though the HC had itself appointed the architects for the work.