Interim stay on sale of flats in Worli bldg near naval base

Mumbai, Jan 13 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today orderedan interim stay on further sale of flats and induction ofoccupants in an 18-storey building in Central Mumbai hereafter the Indian Navy opposed the high rise due to its closeproximity to a naval base.

The Navy had approached the High Court in October 2010seeking demolition of the ''Harsiddhi'' building in Worli as ithad not obtained the requisite ''No Objection Certificate''(NOC) from western naval authorities before construction.

"The building is just 57 meters from the naval base INSTrata, a portion of which has sensitive missiles and launcherskept. According to rules laid down by the state government, aNOC has to be procured from the Navy for any constructionwithin 300 meters of the base," said Advocate Dinesh Shah,appearing for Navy.

A division bench of Justices D K Deshmukh and N DDeshpande while granting an interim stay on further sale offlats in the building, directed the builder to submit a listof all the present occupants of the high rise.

Apart from Harsiddhi, a seven-storey building under theSlum Rehabilitation Act (SRA) Scheme has also been constructedin the vicinity.

"In September 2008, the Urban Development Department hadissued letter to SRA directing them to issue stop work notice.

Even after SRA issued the notice a month later, constructiondid not stop," the petition states.

Navy has further alleged in its petition that thebuilders Rajshree Constructions and the developers PrithviCorporation are in connivance with the SRA and in conjunctionwith some powerful persons who are able to exert undueinfluence on SRA authorities.

"The naval base INS Trata houses missiles and launchers.

Sensitive activities pertaining to security and defence of thecountry is carried out there," the petition states.

It further states that the high rise has an unrestrictedview of the naval base and its activities which is causinghindrance.

The Indian Navy had procured the land from the Army in1964. The next hearing is scheduled after two weeks.

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