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Mumbai's Adarsh Housing Society in grave danger


Atishay Abbhi,CNN-IBN
Oct 27, 2010 at 11:49pm IST

Mumbai: The clouds over Mumbai's upscale Adarsh Housing Society, which was meant for war widows, are darkening once again.

The Western Naval Commander Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin has in a letter dated July 5 accused the army of trying to appropriate the land.

- He warned of a conspiracy to take over prime land reserved for war widows and war veterans.

- The army should inquire into duplicity by serving or retired officers.

- The army lied to the Ministry of Defence which then misled Parliament.

- The 100-metre building height violates the coastal regulation limit of 30 metres.

- No further construction should be allowed and nobody allowed to occupy their flats.

Defence Minister AK Antony has said his ministry is now investigating the matter.

Maharashtra Revenue authorities had admitted to CNN-IBN earlier that the land on which the Adarsh building stands was not defence land but no objections were raised when the land was handed over for building flats.

Former revenue minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar said, “The society members are using this piece of paper to show no irregularities took place.”

Brigadier MP Wanchu, said, ‘‘This was never defence land. This letter shows it was an error from state government.''

However, the army, which is in the centre of the storm is not revealing too much.

But reports say the Defence Ministry may take over the complex and there's even talk of a CBI probe.

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