Mumbai: Will Grand Paradi become another Campa Cola?

Mumbai: If the Maharashtra Government does not wake up in time and take appropriate actions against the builder, the Grand Paradi building in Malabar Hill area of Mumbai will meet the fate of ‘Campa Cola’.

The Grand Paradi Co-operative Housing Society, built in 1976 with 170 members residing in 3 Towers of 26 floors each and 14 Row Houses stares at bleak future due to nexus of the builder, a politician and some of the members of the society.

The builder has forged nexus with one of the ministers in the Maharashtra Government, alleged the residents.

The built up area of the society is approximately 3,09,000 square feet, which requires the total land area of around 21,500 square meter along with 15% area as recreation ground plus space of internal road.

The builder has grabbed a land parcel of the society, which is lying vacant. However, the builder is planning to start construction on the land parcel. As a result, the residents of Grand Paradi fear that two out of the three towers and 14 row houses might be declared illegal by the Brihanmumbai Municipal (BMC) authorities in future.

Now, the question is “who is the minister and why is he helping the builder at cost of lives of more than 1,000 people?” Will the Government wake up to the issue and swing into action to punish the guilty and give full justice to the members of Grand Paradi Co-operative Housing Society?

Some of the members of the earlier management committee tried for settlement of getting only 9700 square meter land from the builder. However, the residents of the society opposed the move. Had this settlement implemented, Grand Paradi would have become another ‘Campa Cola’.

The members, who are helping the builder in illegal move, also created hurdle and got the management committee disqualified. However, the Divisional Joint Registrar of Co-operative societies (Mumbai Division) vide his order dated 24th March, 2017 has totally quashed and set aside the draconian and arbitrary order of the Deputy Registrar “D” ward DS Kothawale, which disqualified the legally elected Managing Committee in December 2016. This has raised hope among residents of Grand Paradi that justice will prevail, but only if the alleged nexus of the builder and the minister is broken.

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