Appearances are deceptive. Thus goes the adage. The imposing splendour that dons Adarsh building from the outside is sharply opposed to the picture of neglect one witnesses inside


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September 16 last year that the 31- storey Adarsh building in Colaba was granted an Occupation Certificate ( OC) by the MMRDA, but one year on, the citys most controversial high- rise is leaking and creaking. After news of the scam appeared in the media and the Ministry of Environment and Forests ( MoEF) issued direction for its demolition, the MMRDA had revoked the OC on October 30.

Following the revocation of the OC, the BEST and the BMC cut off electric and water supply to the building on November 2 and the Adarsh society, which has challenged the revocation of the OC and the MoEFs demolition order is battling a spate of legal cases in the Bombay High Court since.

When FPJ visited the building, tiles were seen ripped off from the surface, electric wires were running exposed and water seeping into the walls of the corridors and the empty flats. With finishing work left incomplete when the OC was revoked, surface paint had been besmirched and the lifts that havenalt39t been used for a year now were knee- deep in water. The deceitful mask of the outside coming off, a completely different picture is seen inside Adarsh.

” Fearing demolition members have refused to pay any maintenance charges to the society. If it goes on like this, the building will deteriorate even further.

We have borne severe losses due to litigation costs and canalt39t afford any maintenance now. Its only been one year and this is the condition, you can imagine what will happen when the final order is issued,” said RC Thakur, secretary of the society.

The building is completely empty with no one but lone security guards keeping watch and a few stray dogs giving them company.

Sine most members hadnalt39t moved in by November last year, the building has remained unoccupied.

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