The Maharashtra Government has increased the FSI for all classes of cessed buildings to 2.5.
This will mean that in a number of colonies owned by the Church the FSI stands increased in the case of those buildings which are cessed. eg.5 buildings in Marinagar.St.Michaels Bhavan etc.
In the past , a number of deals have been entered into , without the laity being informed and despite efforts being made to get information the same was still hidden, by the Church Authorities.
While the Church has been good enough to frame rules for the sale of flats where only lakhs of rupees are involved ,till today no such rules have been made for the sale of lands/redevelopment of lands/sale of FSI where crores of rupees are involved and which can only be alienated by the Archbishop when the value exceeds 4 lakhs.
It has also been seen that bogus lists of tenants are being created and the Church is an active participant in the said scheme by choosing to remain silent.
I have in my possession documents to show how a developer of church lands has made himself and his wife a tenant so that he can avail of still more FSI in a church owned property.
Incidentally the scheme under 33(7) is not for the structure but for the benefit of the tenant .
I am also aware how a flat of 1200 sq feet which was in the exclusive possession of St.Michaels Church was given free in the year 2000 to a person by the then Parish Priest and no premium collected.
As I had also informed you in my previous mails residential flats have been given to builders to start their offices and the Church has turned a blind eye to the same .However the same Church has chosen to file eviction cases against a poor tenant who suffers from depression and who has had a very disturbed past on false and bogus charges.
The number of instances can go on .
However to cut things short before any deal is entered into for re development of Church owned cessed buildings all tenants should be given the first option of purchase and the deal should be widely published in the Examiner and Church notice boards so that that the true spirit of Christian dialogue,justice and fairplay which is spoken about in the Examiner dated 3rd July 2010 can be felt and seen by the laity or else it would only be lip service.