One Avighna Park, the controversial luxury towers in central Mumbai, has finally been cleared by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), but minus the top four floors.Last February, TOI had reported that developer Kailash Agarwal may have to lop off a few floors for building in excess of what was permitted.An official from the BMC’s development plan department on Monday confirmed that the amended plan submitted by the builder was approved recently. The towers with two wings near Currey Road station were earlier planned for 64 storeys. Now, the developer has been forced to halt the work at 60 floors.”We have lost 32 apartments worth an estimated Rs 140 crore,” Agarwal told TOI. The project was to have 240 flats, but is now down to 208. The total area reduced is around 5,600 sq m, he said.Other areas of the luxury towers were regularized because the builder had the floor space index (FSI) for rehabilitating shops and tenements on the larger plot free of cost.
Agarwal started the project in 2006 on the 6.5-acre New Islam Mills Compound and had to first rehabilitate over 650 existing tenants on the plot. He built seven 23-storey towers for them.The skyscraper, part of Mumbai’s first cluster redevelopment project, was stalled for over three years after the BMC introduced new development control rules on January 6, 2012.The Dubai-based developer claimed the new rules did not apply to his project and had earlier told TOI he was submitting the amended plan to the BMC “under protest”. The BMC had said the developer constructed much beyond the 35% extra areas allowed under the new development control rules introduced during the tenure of the then civic chief Subodh Kumar in January 2012.The Rs 2,000-crore project has become such a sensitive issue that neither the state government nor the BMC has been willing to touch the project file, it is learned.The towers comprise apartments of 3, 4, and 5 rooms as well as “spacious penthouse suites, embraced with private decks, plunge pools, spectacular views, top-of-the-line amenities, exquisite designs, and manicured surroundings”.