MUMBAI: Mohammed Umatia and 10 other original tenants of a property under redevelopment in south Mumbai approached Bombay high court on Wednesday to intervene in a matter against Neelkamal Realtors, praying that their rehabilitation, not completion of a free-sale building, be completed first.
The tenants, through their advocate Tanveer Nizam, approached Justice SJ Kathawalla with their plea to intervene in a dispute between Shilpa Bharatiya and NeelKamal Realtors, a subsidiary of DB Realty Group, over the construction of a skyscraper called Orchid Heights at Byculla. The judge is hearing the matter where attempts are made at working out a way to settle the dispute.
Nizam, later in the day , filed achamber summons in the matter in court, seeking relief for the original tenants. In it, he said that in an earlier proceedings between the developer and the tenants in the city civil court a few years ago, consent terms were filed requiring the builder to complete the rehabilitation building before the free-sale building. It said that the transit tenements in which original tenants were relocated five years ago are uninhabitable and dilapidated. They said that more than 200 original tenants were shifted out, of which 40% are in the transit accommodation.
The project concerns redevelopment of buildings in Rangwala Compound, Maulana Azad Road, at Jacob Circle which is undertaken by Neelkamal Realtors Tower Pvt Ltd under the provisions of Development Control Regulation number 33 (7) which allows for redevelopment with 70% consent of tenants. Seeking intervention “to bring out facts correctly“, their case is that they must be put in possession of their permanent alternative accommodation first.
After Bharatiya, a dozen flat buyers of the 71-storeyed freesale building, luxury residential project in south Mumbai, had approached the high court against Neelkamal Realtors. They had alleged being cheated and made grievances of gross delay since 2010 in completing the structure.