A number of catholics have raised questions as to why the marinagar deal which took place in 1991 is now being made an issue.Those catholics are right because they do not know of the deal which took place in the year 2008 and that the rates at which the land was sold was well below the market rates.
In the year 1991 as per the Charity Commissioners Sanction the market rates in Mahim was Rs.1500/- and hence he ordered a rate of Rs.600/- to be paid to the Church.
In the year 2008 the rate in Mahim is Rs.20000/- per carpet foot and the rate paid to the Church is only Rs.2000/-.The said rate does not have the sanction of the Charity Commissioner.No bids were called and Archbishops House chose to remain silent about the said deal despite inquiries being made from July 2009.
As per the registered agreement signed , between the developer and the Church the user of the land can only be Residential.
However it now appears that there are 92 parkings( 7 floors) in one proposed 15 storied building and 60 parkings( 5 floors) in the second proposed 14 storied building.
Hence in all probability parkings will have to be surrendered to the BMC which will be owned by them and operated on a commercial basis by them .The BMC in turn will make it a pay and park and in all probability it will be given to an agency which will have no security measures.
Since Marinagar is a residential area all the lives of the residents will always be in danger as any sort of terrorist activity can be carried out in the public parking place and in that even the Church will have to take responsibility.The catholic atmosphere of Marinagar will be lost as the said two proposed buildings are part of a layout and thus one can enter and exit from any gate.
Not just that 3 floors have been shown as commercial.
People who have already been housed in Our Lady of Lourdes CHS Ltd are once again shown as tenants in the list submitted to the BMC so that more FSI can be availed of in the proposed 2 buildings.
Futher after the said proposed development takes place the FSI consumed will almost be 2.
The present Garden area of 25% of the land area as per the layout shown to flat purchasers in the year 2003 will be reduced to 8% of the land area.All the sermons given to us by the Church about protecting our green areas are not applicable to the Church.
As per clause 22 of the agreements signed by the developer and the flat purchasers the maximum FSI which can be consumed in the said Marinagar plot is 2.The 5 tenanted buildings whose FSI has now been raised to 2.5 will then be at the mercy of the two societies and if the said societies object the said redevelopment of the 5 tenanted buildings will never happen.
The time has come when the Church will have to choose between the builder and her flock.
The inaction and actions of the Church in the matter are causing residents grave concern.
The future of Marinagar and the 5 tenanted buildings is indeed very bleak if the proposed development takes place and Marinagar will nicknamed Marinagar Station since it will become a public place.