Mukesh Ambani, who is one of the richest and most powerful persons and owns Reliance group, has taken MMRDA, headed by CM Devendra Fadnavis to court. Through a RTI, filed by activist Anil Galgali, it has been revealed that Reliance group owes the MMRDA dues against premium for additional FSI used in its project at BKC and also Additional Surcharge for delay in Construction work. The MMRDA had issued a final notice to all its defaulters along with Reliance Industries Ltd calling for payment failing which the lease could be cancelled.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured the Legislature for initiating recovery proceedings against all the defaulters of MMRDA. “It has served final notice of recovery for the plot no C-66 at the BKC. Reliance Industries Ltd pursuant to the final notice has filed a case in the Mumbai High Court. Mukesh Ambani’s company has consumed additional FSI on the plot and was supposed to pay Rs 770.36 crores for the FSI, out of which it paid only Rs 103 crores and RS 692.95 crores is still outstanding. The Indian Press owes another Rs 35.52 crores,” MMRDA informed in the RTI reply.
“Simultaneously it was supposed to complete its project within four years, which it has failed to complete, hence being liable to pay an additional surcharge which has still not been paid. The Ambani controlled Jamanuben Hirachand Ambani Foundation has not paid Rs 23,49,27,646 crores, Indian Newspaper Society was liable to pay Rs 54,44,80,293 crores. M/s Naman Hotels outstanding is Rs 31,60,50,927 crores, Talim Research Foundation outstanding is Rs 32,61,95,743 crores,” the reply added.
In a statement issued, Galgali claimed, “Though the MMRDA Administration was empowered to stop work at the project for the purpose of recovery of its dues has failed to act on it. The MMRDA should provide all information about its defaulters along with the names and amount owed on its website. In a letter addressed to CM Devendra Fadnavis, I have demanded that such defaulting companies should be debarred from participating in Tenders and schemes of the State government and MMRDA permanently in future.”