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BEST cuts power supply to Adarsh Co-operative Housing society

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BestIt seems to be a dark Diwali ahead for Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. On Tuesday evening, the eve of Dhanteras, the BEST disconnected power supply to the building. The decision to cut electricity supply to the building was taken at the BEST committee meeting on Tuesday when its general manager Om Prakash Gupta announced the agency would disconnect power to Adarsh after completing certain formalities. He initially said the process could take anywhere between one to two days. But in a swift action, BEST officials arrived at the building and disconnected connections around 6.30pm.

''We had asked the MMRDA to provide us with the status on the occupation certificate (OC). On Monday afternoon, its officials gave us in writing that the OC will be revoked. We dispatched a second showcause notice to society members on Monday evening, asking why power supply should not be disconnected,'' Gupta said at the committee meeting. The first notice was served to Adarsh on Sunday evening.

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) will meet Wednesday to decide its future course of action against Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society for possible violation of environmental norms.

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh has said that he could order demolition of the Adarsh Housing Society if the final investigation confirmed that norms were violated for its construction.

In what can compound troubles for beleaguered Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan , the minister said that he would even go to Parliament to ensure stiff penalties for non-compliance.

The 31-storey apartment block being constructed in the posh Colaba area of south Mumbai has been hit by allegations of corruption and irregularities, including charges that the flats meant for Kargil heroes and war widows were given to bureaucrats, relatives of politicians and former army and navy chiefs among others.

While the future of Adarsh Society hangs in the balance with demolition also a possibility, the building's residents say not everyone should be considered corrupt.


Source - Times of India


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