The National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM) has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court seeking that the NAPM be given a hearing in the matter of Hiranandani Gardens, before the court gives its decision, said NAPM convenor Medha Patkar on Friday.
Patkar was reacting to reports that the group is exploring the option of appealing against the Bombay High Court order of stopping the developer from constructing any further in its Powai project.
“While the Urban Land Ceiling Act required the developer to hand over land in excess of 500 sq m to the government, the project was granted exemption under the condition that the developer would construct smaller houses for the poor. But the project has only palatial homes of 2,000 sq ft and above,” said Patkar.
She added that the 230 acres were acquired by the MMRDA from local villagers at Powai and Tirandaz. It was later handed over to the group at 40 paisa per acre, on condition that they would construct affordable housing.
“We have filed a caveat saying that unless our side is heard, the apex court should not give a decision,” she said. A tripartite agreement for the Powai Area Development Scheme was signed between the developer, MMRDA and state government.
The High Court has directed Hiranandani to stop further construction unless around 3,100 affordable houses of 430 and 861 square feet are set up. Moreover, as per rules, the state government should be given 450 flats at a rate of Rs 135 per s ft.