Thursday, November 15, 2018

Airport body told to size up Lodha's World Tower building

The legal adviser of Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has asked Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) to measure a building in the World Towers project by Shreeniwas Cotton Mills Ltd (Lodha Developers) at Lower Parel.

Tuesday's instruction follows a complaint filed with MahaRERA against the promoters for alleged irregularities in approvals related to the project. The developer says they would cooperate with MIAL to have the height verified before the next hearing.

While the exact content of the complaint isn't known, MahaRERA has held two hearings, on October 31 and November 5, on the complaint filed by Manvi Computech Pvt Ltd. It was heard by MahaRERA Member Vijay Satbir Singh.
Part of the letter, a copy of which has been accessed by DNA, says: "During the hearing, Member 1 has directed you (MIAL) to carry out measurement of the height of the said building [World One] before the next date of hearing. You are directed to comply with the same."

A spokersperson for Lodha Developers said, "The case has been filed by an investor who is unable/unwilling to pay the balance amount and hence has levelled all kinds of baseless allegations. The building has been constructed within permissible height. In 2017, the Delhi High Court passed an order in our favour in a related matter and we are awaiting its implementation. We have coordinated with MIAL to have the height verified before the next hearing, as directed by MahaRERA. The very fact that a simple order, dated just yesterday, asking for the height to be confirmed is leaked to media shows the mala fide intent of the complainant."
15/11/18 Varun Singh/DNA