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Progress Report of 26th April’s meeting of RTI Activist’s Union Against Builder Mafia.

30 April 2011 No Comment

Minutes of the RTI Activist’s meeting held on Tuesday, 26 April, at Bombay Sarvoday Mandal

The Meeting was attended by 25 persons. Participants were http://tinyurl.com/26Apr-Union-Contacts

Meeting photos http://tinyurl.com/26Apr-Union-pix

This meeting got some media attention. Here is the report in HT Mumbai 28 April http://tinyurl.com/HT-RTI-Union1

I. Progress of Union projects:

(a) Union had taken up the major problem of REJECTION OF RTI APPLICATIONS BY MCGM’S BUILDING PROPOSAL DEPARTMENT IF CT SURVEY NUMBER IS NOT MENTIONED. To procure list of CT survey numbers of under-construction plots in the city, and put them up on internet, Prashant Uikey circulated this list of PIOs of Building Proposal Deptt to whom RTI application will be sent: http://tinyurl.com/Bldg-Proposal-PIO-FAA and circulated this RTI application: http://tinyurl.com/Bldg-Proposal-RTI-CTS1
Alternatively, a shortened RTI application may be used: http://tinyurl.com/Bldg-Proposal-RTI-CTS2 .

G R Vora and Prashant Uikey sent RTI applications. Prashant received a standard reply saying that the information requested is voluminous, and so he should come and inspect.

Meantime, on another front, there was a breakthrough. Activist Kamlakar Shenoy, who has been battling various irregularities of Shivalik builders in court and other forums, succeeding in getting a circular issued by Dy. Ch. Engr. (City) (6509 of 1.3.2011 ), stating that it is compulsory to mention the proper address and C.S. No. at the construction sites. Download it: http://tinyurl.com/CT-Survey-circular-Mumbai

To display the Board at the site with CT survey number and other details is one of the mandatory provisions of IOD (Intimation of Disapproval) and CC (Commencement Certificate). If such board is not displayed, a complaint be lodged with Dy. C.E. on the grounds of violation of conditions of IOD and CC. South Bombay activists can use this fresh circular to strengthen their complaint.

(b) The Union took up the task of SURVEYING THE 32 SHODDILY-EXECUTED SRA PROJECTS that MMRDA handed over to MCGM in September 2010. Details: http://tinyurl.com/MMRDA-640-cr-scam For this, we plan on involving some students and faculty of architecture and social sciences. Accordingly, letters were dispatched to a couple of prominent colleges. Common draft of letter: http://tinyurl.com/Survey-college-letter

(c) The Union took up the task of filing complaint with ACB/ CBI for undue favour to Adarsh society: http://tinyurl.com/Ratnakar-Gaikwad-got-away Kamlakar Shenoy and Vasudev Shenoy will pursue this matter, especially u/s 196 CrPC.

(d) Sudhakar Malpe (Citizens for Just Society) and Vasudeva Shenoy have committed to introduce us to some architects who will help us to understand KEY DOCUMENTS THAT CITIZENS MUST SEEK UNDER RTI from various public authorities, for establishing the bonafides of any land use or building project. We will focus on getting these documents in respect of all building projects in respect of FSI, TDR, Conveyance, various NOCs, etc. This will enable us to publish lists of key documents and RTI application formats in the public domain. Former MHADA Chief Dr Chandrashekar Prabhu to be contacted by Sudhakar Malpe. Also architects like P K Das and Nitin Kilawala are to be tried for this purpose.

(e) After gathering the above data, G R Vora, Mohd Afzal and other colleagues will prepare LISTS OF KEY DETAILS/DOCUMENTS TO BE GATHERED BY RTI INSPECTIONS CONCERNING ALL ONGOING PROJECTS from various public authorities such as BMC’s Building Proposal department, MMRDA, MHADA. This will be uploaded on the internet to empower all RTI activists and citizens of MMR region. Sulaiman Bhimani undertook to draft a simple template for RTI Sec 4 compliance by these public authorities. At least an index of documents available with each authority can be sought to be posted on a website as bare minimum Sec 4 compliance. It was decided to clearly outline how builders override the constraints on open space area in the compound, and continue building higher floors by submitting amendments to Plans.

(f) At the meeting, Navin Pandya promised to lend us a book by a former Deputy Commissioner. He came good on this promise two days later. Accordingly, we could prepare a Guide for filing RTIs about Builders & Redevelopers to Municipal Corporation: http://tinyurl.com/RTI-Guide-Building-Docs


II. Hearing those who have come with grievances and suggesting the way forward with RTI applications etc:

The Union is an open forum for creation of knowledge-sharing network freely available to the public on a voluntary basis. CASES DISCUSSED WERE

1. Violation of rules by Hiranandani at Powai.

2. Kamlakar Shenoy’s five cases being fought against Shivalik Enterprises through PIL & Police.

3. ELYAS – Own building  SRA Project, information denied and many other irregularities. Suggested remedies: File 48-hour (Life & Liberty) RTI application, and lodge complaint with SIC under RTI Section 18. Also, complain to Brastachar Nirmulan Samiti

4.Dileep Choudhari- Khetwadi – Builder not co-operating, bogus documents prepared in association with MCGM.

5. Rajwadi case – old buildingsociety (1948). Issue’s related to Managing committe irregularities.

6. Mr Vaswani- society issue.

Thank you Sudhakar Malpe for your valuable help in recording minutes.

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