By Accommodation Times News Services
By Advocate Ameet Mehta
Mumbai: Buying extra floor space index or paying a penalty cannot be a way to regularize an unauthorized construction, the Bombay high court has ruled.
Refusing to come to the aid of a seven-storey building in the Campa Cola compound in Worli, Justice Roshan Dalvi upheld an order vacating the stay on the demolition of the top two floors of Shubh apartments.
“Purchase of the FSI cannot legalize such unauthorized construction,” said the judge.
The court said that if the building rights in the form of FSI of a plot or layout were exhausted, then additional unauthorized construction cannot be authorized in violation of the sanctioned plans. “Just as all constructions must conform within the extent of the FSI for its regularization on an individual plot, all construction in a layout must conform to the total FSI of the plot in that layout. That having been exceeded, the construction would be in violation of the Municipal Act. That would also be wholly unauthorized construction that, therefore, cannot be protected,” the court said.
The judge said that the total FSI of the plot had been exceeded by Shubh and other buildings in the Campa Cola compound layout and the BMC “could not and has not regularized the unauthorized construction of the 6th and 7th floors, which is in excess of the sanctioned plans”.
The plea that the BMC had rules allowing payment of penalty for regularization did not find favour with the court. “The work may be regularized by penalty if it is within the permissible FSI and consequently approvable,” the judge said.
In February, the Supreme Court had ordered the demolition of the irregular floors of buildings in the Campa Cola compound.