The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has forcibly taken over possession of a 22-storey rehab building in DB Realty's One Mahalaxmi project at Rangwala Compound in Jacob Circle to quarantine high-risk people who came in contact with Covid-19 patients.
On March 31, the Executive Engineer (Building Proposals) had written to DB Realty and its Architect Pradeep Harachkar directing that under provisions of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, they will be taking over the 22-storey rehab building for temporary accommodation and asked them to cooperate with Assistant Commissioner E ward Makrand Dagadkhair.
However, the developer was reportedly reluctant to hand over possession of the building to the BMC. The building has been the source of repeated litigation between the developer and its 250 tenants as tenants displaced from Rangwala Compound have been demanding possession of their flats and have approached the Bombay High Court on several occasions. The redevelopment project has been in construction since 2010.
"The developer was not co-operating so we had to use the provisions of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to take over the building. As you are aware, E ward has a large number of cases and all the hotels and guests houses in the ward are already full with quarantined patients. We need such ready buildings to quarantine high risk patients who have come in contact with COVID-19 positive patients," Dagadkhair told Mumbai Mirror when contacted.
In the notice pasted on April 25 when BMC formally took possession, Dagadkhair said that he required the possession of the building to quarantine high-risk people who came in contact with COVID-19 positive people who are asymptomatic.
When Mirror contacted DB Realty for their response, their spokesperson said "No comments."
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