Home buyers, many of whom have invested their life savings to buy high-end apartments on Palm Beach Road, are shocked that a CID inquiry is being conducted into alleged violations of FSI norms in their towers. Clueless as to how to check if their buildings were illegal, they hope that they would not be affected, as they were not to blame but the developers and state officials.
“I am a retired government officer and put in all my life’s earning to buy an apartment in Sanpada. I am naturally concerned about the ongoing CID inquiry into my building. Looking at the revelations, I do realize that the builder had violated various rules to eat into open space,” said an owner of a flat at Sanpada. “However, I cannot be held responsible for that.”
When we visited Shagoofa Tower at sector 58A in Nerul, the guard initially barred the correspondent from entering the premises and talking to residents. Only after a word from the manager of the housing society was he allowed to go in. Later, the manager said: “We have not broken any rule. But, you cannot talk to any people here as they may feel disturbed by your queries.”
Some residents seem to know that irregularities are committed to some extent and the underlying nervousness is palpable. The owner of an apartment at Sanpada said, “We all know that builders do violate a few big and small FSI norms. For that, you cannot demolish our homes, as we have legally bought the properties. The chief minister should look into bigger scams such as 2G and Adarsh.”
None of the residents was, however, willing to be photographed as their residences have suddenly come under the spotlight and are being discussed during zero hour at the state assembly.