M/s Shirke Company has constructed an illegal building ‘Maitri’at Kalina area of Kurla for high ranking officers without BMC permission. The building is now the latest talk of the town, and the reason is despite being illegal building MHADA has already paid 94 per cent cost to M/s Shirke.
This was revealed in a query put by RTI Activist Anil Galgali. Shirke Company has been paid 18 crores 83 lakh & 80 rupees so far.
Anil Galgali questioned the work ethics of MHADA wherein it was necessary to make inquiries before making the payments for an illegal construction. It was totally overlooked. If the BMC demolishes the illegal construction the cost of which runs into crores, will it be possible to retrieve this amount from Shirke.
The Regional Auditor of MHADA Mumbai, in his reply to Anil Galgali ‘s query, has informed that up to 31 March 2017 the total expenditure of high income group 72 houses has been Rs. 20,14,78,000 crore out of which Shirke Company has been paid Rs. 18,83,80,000 crore so far.
In a shocking case of misuse of power, 29 illegal floors have been added to construct a 12 floor high-rise building in Kalina, Santacruz-East to provide houses to top bureaucrats of Maharashtra.
“The building has incidentally been named ‘Maitri’ (Friendship), signifying the alliance between the powerful ‘babus of mantralaya’ and one of the biggest contractor of Maharashtra Ms. B.G. Shirke, who has been given the task of construction,” said Galgali.
The 84 allottees of the building include officials from CM office, Deputy CM office, MHADA, SRA, Housing, Rural Development, Urban Development, Cooperative, Revenue, Anti Corruption Bureau, Public Health, BMC, Education, Water Resources, Agriculture, Women & Child welfare, Industries, Information & Technology, Police, Sales Tax and Transport.
Deputy Chief Officer of Mumbai Region, Abhimanyu Kale, DCP Sunil Ramanand, Private Secretary to MOS -Housing, Kailash Pahare, Deputy Secretary (Housing) & Additional Collector Dilip Shinde are the 4 promoters of the Society. While A.M. Wajarkar, Additional Collector of SRA are the chief promoter.