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Surplus land norm: South Mumbai builder booked

MUMBAI: Another south Mumbai builder has been booked at the complaint of the Mumbai Building and Repairs and Reconstruction Board for failing to give up surplus land and inflicting it a lack of Rs 2.5 crore.
Abdullah Patel redeveloped a development in Agripada in 2003 and below rules used to be intended to give up 115.2 squarem land, said a complaint made to the town police's financial offences wing (EOW) via Sanjay Varade, deputy engineer of the board.

Mhada, the state housing authority, has been sending criminal notices to builders asking them to give up surplus space after redevelopment tasks have been finished as many have defaulted. According to the Development Control Rules (DCR 33-7), the total floor area index (FSI) - development ratio - should be 2.5 of the gross plot space or the FSI required for rehabilitation of present occupiers plus 50% incentive FSI, whichever is higher. Any surplus built-up space needs to be surrendered to Mhada.

Last month, EOW arrested Prakash Jayantilal Mehta of Shreeji builders for no longer surrendering 473 squarem to the board and inflicting it a lack of Rs 10 crore.

The police said the board had sent several reminders from 2000 to 2017 to Patel asking him to give up the excess land. Abdullah just lately responded that in 2005, his firm had handed over two residences of United Crystal development to the board. But the board informed the police it will no longer in finding the sort of file.

"When the board sent its officials to check Crystal building, they found the flats mentioned by Patel occupied. They then lodged an FIR, saying as per ready reckoner rates, the builder has caused a loss of Rs 2.5 crore," said a police officer.

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