The Bombay high court on Thursday refused restoration of power and water supply to the scam-hit Adarsh Society here, while the ministry of defence told the court that the 31 storey building in South Mumbai was a serious “security hazard” in wake of 26/11 terror attacks.
The housing society had moved the court after civic authorities cut-off water and power supply, following revocation of Occupation Certificate.
A division bench of Justices B H Marlapalle and U D Salvi on Thursday held the Society failed to show that occupants had to vacate the flats because of lack of power and water. The ministry of environment and forests, which has issued a show-cause notice to Adarsh for constructing the building in Coastal Regulation Zone (Category II) without its clearance, will give its hearing on December 29. The high court said that the MOEF should take decision in three weeks and the case will come up for hearing before division bench on January 25.
Earlier, additional solicitor general Darius Khambata stated that the building’s location in Colaba was such that it offered unrestricted view of defence installations and the surrounding sea, so it was a serious “security hazard”. The Court too, in today’s order, noted that though initially society was meant for “Kargil heroes”, only two of current members had participated in Kargil operations. It observed that the land was initially in possession of military authorities, and “it was doubtful whether state government could have allotted it to Adarsh.”