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Part of Mukesh Ambani’s mansion demolished

Mumbai: A footpath, a public place, at Altamount Road, Mumbai on which Reliance Industries (Ltd) chairman Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storied grand mansion ‘Antilia’ spread over 37,000 sq metres is built was encroached on and illegally occupied to build this mansion.

The encroached part was used for building a sloping bund wall and flower beds. When the encroachment of the footpath was brought to the notice of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) about a year ago, it sent a belated notice (after about a year) to the concerned authorities of the mansion to remove the illegally built parts and clear the footpath of the encroachments.

About two weeks ago the mansion staff, in compliance of BMC’s notice, themselves demolished portions of the mansion illegally built on the footpath. This information was given to one Anil Galgali, an RTI activist of Mumbai who had asked BMC under RTI Act what action it had taken about the encroachment of public place (footpath) by Ambani or his building contractors. Galgali subsequently said that Ambani’s mansion had encroached on about 310 sq metres of public space and this action (vacation of the illegally occupied land) sends a clear message that rules cannot be changed at will to favour some one, no matter how wealthy he or she may be.


Rejoinder from Reliance Industries Limited, 30 May 2013: Wrong information in article

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to an article “Part of Mukesh Ambani’s mansion demolished in your esteemed publication “The Milli Gazette” Published Online: May 29, 2013 (http://www.milligazette.com/news/6972-part-of-mukesh-ambanis-mansion-demolished-waqf-wakf).

The article states facts which are incorrect. No such demolition has taken place and the land is neither encroached nor illegally occupied to build this mansion.

The public is misguided with such incorrect facts. Please connect with us officially for any such facts and figures regarding the same.

Request you to look into the same and get the article rectified.

Regards

Bhuvaneshwari Joshi
Corporate Communications
Reliance Industries Limited

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 14

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