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Ministry decision on Adarsh likely today

Priscilla Jebaraj
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A view of the Adarsh Housing Society apartments in Mumbai. — File Photo: AFP
A view of the Adarsh Housing Society apartments in Mumbai. — File Photo: AFP

The fate of the Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai is likely to be announced on Friday, with the Union Environment Ministry prepared to indict the controversial 31-storey structure for its “blatant” violation of coastal zone norms, according to senior Ministry officials.

The building could be facing demolition, although officials were careful to indicate that “all options are still open.”

When issuing the initial show-cause two months ago, Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said: “All options, except regularisation, are on the table.”

The building is located in a coastal zone where a maximum of nine storeys are permitted. However, the Ministry says Adarsh promoters never got a coastal zone clearance at all, from either the State or Central government. The society has denied this allegation, saying requisite permission was taken from the State's Urban Development Department, and citing a letter sent by the Union Environment Ministry as no-objection certification.


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