Plan to redo Mumbai complex lands Aamir in eye of a storm

MUMBAI (TIP): Actor Aamir Khan’s futile hunt for a bungalow property in the Bandra-Khar area since several years has been further complicated. A motherdaughter duo objected to his proposal to redevelop their Pali Hill society, Bandra. Dr Geneve de Sa (50) and her mother, Pamela, (87) were among the five of the 23 members of Virgo housing society to oppose Khan’s proposal.

Their contention is Khan, who has three flats here, has made a “purchase offer” and not a redevelopment proposal. “He wants to buy out the members willing to sell so he can build his 20,000 sq-ft bungalow on part of the land. Those who want to stay will be rehoused in a new building in a corner of plot,” said Geneve. The society has denied the allegation it was ramming through the actor’s proposal. “Aamir is our society’s blue-eyed boy.

He has made an offer, but we will also invite quotations from other developers,” said a managing committee member. “It was the society that asked him to revive his earlier offer for redevelopment.” The member said Khan’s offer of Rs 70,000 a sq ft will fetch the De Sas Rs 28 crore for their two flats and garage. “Aamir’s offer is good as the land falls under CRZ II,” he said, adding the minority cannot blackmail the majority. Khan was categorical in a letter to the society secretary last month. “I would still recommend to the society to invite other offers from developers and builders and if our society receives a better offer than what I have given, then I too am open to selling.

I would like to reiterate here that whether through my offer or the offer of any builder, I will not be entertaining any illegal cash dealings,” said Khan. On March 20, the actor’s spokesperson said, “He denies all allegations that he pressured the society to go in for redevelopment. Khan left the building more than a year ago, after a slab of concrete fell on the head of a member. In his absence, the society had several meetings, regarding redevelopment.

The general body passed a resolution with 80% majority members voting in favour of redevelopment. The society made a request to Khan to make an offer. In his offer letter, Mr Khan suggested to the society to invite other offers to ensure best value for the society. Mr Khan takes strong exception to attempts being made to defame him.” But the de Sas said the buildings were in good condition. “Renovation at a cost of Rs 40L was done two weeks ago,” Geneva said. “The scheme is to sell the society’s property to Khan and deregister it,” they said in a complaint to the deputy registrar, cooperative housing societies this month.

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