The Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered an interim stay on further sale of flats in an 18-storeyed building near the INS Trata at Worli here.
The Navy had objected to the “Harsiddhi” building, saying it was posing a threat to the security of the naval base. In a petition, it said the building should be demolished as it did not obtain the requisite ‘No-Objection Certificate' (NOC) from the Western Naval Command.
“We had filed a petition against the State authorities, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority [SRA] and developer Prithvi Corporation,” counsel for the Navy said.
The building was only 57 metres away from the naval base. “INS Trata has some sensitive missiles and launchers on its premises. According to the State government norms, an NOC has to be obtained for any construction within 300 metres of the base,” he said.
The Navy sent many notices to the developer since 2005. But the developer not only went ahead with the construction but also sold out flats and gave possession, he pointed out.
The court asked the developer to furnish a list of the flats sold and a list of those who were given possession. It also issued an interim order, stating that no further permission should be granted to the building.
“The SRA issued a stop-work notice in 2008. But the developer went ahead with the construction and sale of flats,” Navy counsel said.
The next hearing has been fixed for January 24.