Meera for Mumbai

Meet Meera

Experienced banker for 30 years. Former CEO and Chairperson of Royal Bank of  Scotland, India who relinquished her job, to devote herself full time to the service of our country.

Active citizen of Mumbai : AAP Candidate for Mumbai South in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections & Independent candidate for 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the same constituency

Woman leader: recognized globally for her work in empowering over 650,000 rural women through Microfinance and for providing livelihood assistance and entrepreneurial training to 75,000 impoverished women in tribal and forest areas.

Corporate Leader: Member National Councils FICCI, CII, Board member Pradan, Right to Play, LiberalsIndia for Good Governance

Rank holder from Bombay University, studied Management at IIM Calcutta, INSEAD and Harvard Business School.


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    Dear Shri Jaitleyji :

    I know that the Central Budget is already under printing and it is too late for you to make any changes at this stage
    But , nothing stops you from making " STRATEGY " announcements in your budget speech , such as :
    " This government will adopt a strategy of generating Self Employment , to provide meaningful work – and respectable income , to more than ONE MILLION jobseekers every month
    To 50 MILLION jobseekers in the next 50 months "
    Reason is obvious :
    It needs a fraction of the CAPITAL ( fixed + working capital ) to create a Self Employed job as compared to creating a job in Organized Sector ( Public or Private )
    As you drive to the Parliament House on 28th morning , you will get to see on the road – or in those shops lining the road – , a lot of Self Employed persons .
    What kind of CAPITAL would be needed create each of those " Jobs " ?
    Here are my guesses :
    • Domestic Servants / Maids / Cooks…………………… Rs … NIL
    • Unskilled Workers……………………………………….. Rs … 5,000
    • Milk Vendors / Delivery Boys……………… Rs… 5,000
    • Pan-Bidi Gulla Owners…………………………………… Rs…. 5,000
    • Vegetable Vendors……………………………………….. Rs… 5,000
    • Carpenters / Electricians / Plumbers etc………………. Rs ….. 5,000
    • Tailors / Watch Repairers……………………………….. Rs ……10,000
    • Hairdressers……………………………………………….. Rs…… 20,000
    • Rickshaw Drivers……………………………………………Rs…… 50,000

    I am sure your Ministry has better figures for 200 similar " Self Employed " categories
    Now , how much CAPITAL will be required to create one " EMPLOYED " job ?

    Once again , here are my guesses :
    • In MSME businesses / companies……………………….. Rs … 2 Lakh
    • In large Organized Sector companies…………………… Rs… 15 – 50 Lakhs

    One more thing :

    How long does it take to create such jobs ?

    > In large organized companies………………………………. 3 / 4 years
    > In MSME companies…………………………………………. 1 / 2 years
    > Self Employed jobs ( Skilling / Training Period )……….. 3 / 6 months

    Self Employment is the ONLY answer to avoid the fate of PIGS ( Portugal / Italy / Greece / Spain ) and a host of other , " Advanced Economies " !
    Dear Shri Jaitleyji :

    We have neither time , nor the money to create ONE MILLION jobs every month
    And we have promises to keep !

    I will be keenly listening to your Budget speech

    with regards ,

    hemen parekh / Mumbai / 22 Feb , 2015
  • Health Care IDEA for Delhi, can you please convey to relevant people.

    40,000 emergency beds and 5000 maternity beds in a short time?

    Here is how to do it!

    Don’t build hospitals, they already exist. Build a healthcare system, NOT new hospitals. See the very successful Andhra Pradesh model here.

    If corrupt AP government could do it, non-corrupt AAP government can make an excellent system that will be a model for the whole country. Only thing needed is a well thought out plan, checks and balances so that there is no wastage of public money.

    For FASTER & IMMEDIATE HEALTH CARE effect bring mobile health care models that already exist in the country. Wockhardt perfected it, call them right away.
    See how the mobile health van works here.

    Wockhardt contact here:

    Mr. Ajay Somvanshi – Director, Wockhardt Foundation
    Mobile: +9197697 21225

    Another mobile health model in Bangalore here.

    These two healthcare systems can be put into place in every assembly constituency in a very short time.

    They DISPLAY well and advertise the SUCCESS right away.

    Can we meet this promise right away?
  • Hello Meera,
    Congratulations for the massive victory. I had been defending AAP for quite some time in Social media and talking to few major journalists in due course of time. I feel that I also won on 10th of Feb despite being several 1000 miles away from Delhi. I also have my past in Delhi of over a decade while working with TATA & AT&T. Coming down to the work part:—

    1) Redesigning the SLUM, UNAUTHORISED locations, pls make sure that the roads, telecom, water, electricity pipelines, parks, schools, offices are planned with 300% growth/ expansion rate up to 100 yrs.
    2) It will be better to have full tunnels dug below these new designed locations where heavy machineries and workers can walk normally to fix any electro mechanical issues in the future.
    4) Pls get the building codes more stronger so that you may add one extra floor to the standard 3 storey apartment system.
    5) ROADS : Pls make sure that one two truck should be able to conveniently cross each other even between apartment complexes. Roads should have the right mix of ingredients. No manholes on the street (they should be at the sides)
    Roads should be 10-15 inches thick (building codes) so that they can sustain for 20-25 yrs.
    6) You need to realize that better the planning TODAY easier it will be to govern and manage issues like patrolling, security, cleanliness, etc.
    7) Underground streetlight wiring.
    8) You can have remote alarm systems to Phone and electrical distribution points & with cctv CAM monitoring it.
    9) If DDA has to plan the apartments then pls make sure that BUILDING CODES are more robust. If you want I can send you building codes followed in US. There is nothing harm in picking up few workable points from it , if not all. There are some basic guidelines are MUST to easily take care of maintenance in future.

    I have a GREEN ENERGY plan for whole of Delhi where Delhi govmt will not have to spend anything on the project and it will pay it for itself. It will keep the atmosphere clean and get you all the electricity you need. Pls let me know if you may be interested. 7-10 yrs down the line all Discoms will have to leave Delhi and then Kejri can say that Delhi is a world class city with no COAL produced electricity providing services to Delhi.

    I do have ways to save land in Delhi and still achieve the goals of providing affordable housing. There are very few playgrounds/parks for middle & under middle class family kids. Therefore its not letting their skills come out and be competitive.64% is below middle class and therefore Delhi strength in extra curricular activities is just thriving on 36%. A well planned city, with playgrounds and libraries will help a lot of upcoming kids (future of India). JUST SCHOOL IS NOT ENOUGH. There is a way to do so.

    I do have ways to reduce pollution in Delhi as well.

    Best Regards


    CA, USA
  • Meeraji,
    Please check following links. Bloom Box – The Alternative Energy – solution for cheap power.
    It is practical solution for cheap power.
  • Meeraji I am from south mumbai and I stay very close to the place in Dahisar where a biggest slum is in the making and they have destroyed the whole wet land there they have been encroaching the sea and the wet beds of the sea its very sad to see it but here powerful politicians are involved and we not in a position to do anything single but I think collectively we can
  • Meeraji we want a similar thing to happen in Mumbai and in Bihar which is next and then all over the country We hope our country gets cleaned from corruption and corrupt people we had enough of them
  • Its a 2nd chance for AK and this time he has to deliver and I think the people are all there with him. The work will be the stepping stone for all to see and in this way AAP will grow once again and we want to see AAP all over the country
  • It is a great new beginning for AAP in Delhi, it shows the status quo can be disrupted. There are a lot of lessons learned that need to be adapted, scaled up, localized and modified as needed to other state elections in the country. There is hope, finally, for ending corruption and clean politics in India.

    Dr. MP Divakar
  • Mam congrats . the day you visited our society upkari the victory was not so clear and possible . but today the awesome victory. This gives you more responsibility.
  • Gr8 show on To The Point. Sambit Patra got a good roasting for once from a very articulate Meera. Keep it up.
  • Its so good to land up on this page. Meera Sanyal is an enigma of sorts and one can be"Mary’s little lamb" !! (follow her). There is every possibility that one will learn something from her. Despite her intelligence and knowledge, her humility makes her a very beautiful person. I will post my comments on issues once I find more time later.
  • Meera for Mumbai :D

    Dear Shri Jaitley ,

    Come Feb 2015 and you will present your Budget in Lok Sabha
    You will allocate thousands of crores of rupees to different ministries , for spending during 2015-16
    You may even increase / decrease their allocations based on , to what extent ( % ) did they manage to actually " spend " their current year’s allocations
    The one and only emphasis is on " spending " !
    As usual , no MP will ask :
    " But , what exactly did the Minister concerned achieve by spending this money ?
    What physical / measureable targets did the Minister succeed in reaching / exceeding , with that money ? Where / What are the OUTPUTS ?
    Why is it that no targets were set in advance , before the start of the year ?
    How come , Minister was allowed to shoot first and then draw concentric circles around the hole afterwards ( at the end of the year ) , to claim BULL’S EYE ? "

    In private sector , shareholders / bankers do not hesitate to sack the CMD / MD / CEO , if he fails to deliver on promised profit
    Then , why are Ministers allowed to retain their posts ( – or even get kicked upstairs ! ), despite failing to deliver ?

    Dear Shri Jaitley :

    MPs should know that YOU cannot answer these questions , simply because , at the time of the Budget Exercise , no physical OUTPUTS got fixed for each Minister
    What did get fixed , were only EXPENDITURE TARGETS !
    Simply because MPs passed the Budget without fixing targets such as following for 31 March 2015 :
    • Finance Minister
    > GDP ….. 6 % ………… [ 10 % improvement ] > CAD…….( – ) 5 % …..[ 20 % improvement ]
    • Commerce Minister
    > Exports…….. $ 350 Billion …. [ 10 % improvement ] > FDI…………..$ 50 Billion…… [ 20 % improvement ]
    • Railway Minister
    > Lengths of Tracks…… 125,000 Km….. [ Up by 10 % ] > No of Passenger Trains / day….. 10,000… [ Up by 10 % ]
    • Health Minister
    > Chronic Hunger and Hunger Related Deaths 8 Million / year ……………………………… [ Down by 20 % ] > Under-nourished people….. 200 million….. [ Down by 10 % ]
    • Social Welfare Minister
    > Dowery Deaths / year……. 8,000…… ……[ Down by 10 % ] > People without Toilets…….. 500 Million…. [ Down by 20 % ]
    • Agriculture Minister
    > Farmers Suicide/ year….. .. 14,000…………… [ Down by 20 % ] > Food Grain rotting / year….. 5 Million tons….. [ Down by 20 % ]

    So on and so forth for each Minister

    Some caution / suggestions :
    • Ignore the numbers given above. I could be factually wrong
    • Focus on the concept of " Management by Objectives "
    • Actual vs Targeted achievements must be measured , on an ongoing
      basis , by totally independent THIRD PARTY agencies
      Ministers / Finance Minister and these Agencies , must agree in advance , how the
      Agencies will go about " measuring " the Actual Achievements
      The method of measurement must be transparent and well publicized
      in advance
      Agencies shall have no role in fixing of Annual Targets
      That is best done by the Prime Minister – the CEO , MakeInIndia
    • There must be at least 10 performance parameters for each Minister
    • Parameters themselves could be selected / prioritized , based on an
      ONLINE PUBLIC SURVEY / OPINION POLL , from Govt web site
    • If conducting such an ONLINE POLL for the forthcoming budget is
      too late , same could be done on a printed form , by current MPs /
      MLAs / Rajya Sabha Members
    • Results of the SURVEY / POLL , must be published

    I hope readers of this blog will contribute by passing on this message to

    > all of their friends / relatives / acquaintances / colleagues
    > as many legislators whose email IDs they can find
    > to Shri Jaitley ( / )
    > Everyone in their CONTACT list


    > request them to look it up on…

    Somehow , we must bring pressure on Lok Sabha Members , NOT to approve the forthcoming budget , unless TARGETS are set in advance
    • hemen parekh / 06 Dec 2014
  • Mam
    Saw you first time in newsx debate.
    Please you dont belong to your present party.If you really like politics join a genuine political party.
  • Meera ji, This is the best and Greet idea.
    आम आदमी पार्टी झिन्दाबाद।
    झिन्दाबाद !झिन्दाबाद ! भ्रष्टाचार विरोधी आंदोलन के महानायक अरविंद केजरीवालजी झिन्दाबाद !
  • From: Shiv Shankar Damani
    A-2, Refinery View Chs Ltd 62/63, Maroli Church Road,Chembur,Mumbai-400074.India , Cell no: 9833079740

    Subject:-Till Today No Action has been Taken against any Govt dept & Competent Authority against illegal Managing Committee of Redevelopment Project Scam of Refinery View CHS Ltd, by Black Listed Builders of Supreme Court & BMC Mumbai. Patel Engineering Ltd , Plot no 62/63,Maroli Church R C Marg,Chembur,Mumbai-400074.
    Respected Madam,
    We have lodged complaints with Honorable President of India/ Vice President of India & Chief Minister of Maharashtra / Chief Secretary Co-operation RajgopalDevara / Chief Secretary Maharashtra Government /Principal Secretary Urban Development Maharashtra/ Urban Development III, Urban department NAV 21 &Dy Registrar-M-Ward KonkanBhavan, CBD,Bealpur,Navi Mumbai /AddlRegsitrarDrKhandagale, Co-op Societies Pune,/ BMC Commissioner / Chief Engineer Development Planning -BMC/. Dy Executive Engineer Building proposal M-ward,& Mumbai Police Commissioner & Various other Government Authorities

    Till today no action has been taken by any Government Department & Competent Authority against the illegalities and violations of State Laws /Co-op Laws /BMC notification and directives committed by the illegal Managing Committee .The committee has been declared as illegal from 1.05.2012 by the Dy registrar M-Ward &Addl Registrar Dr P K Khandagale- Pune ,Co-op Societies

    The State Governments have framed Rules and Regulations and have issued guidelines and procedures that have to be sincerely followed In the process of Redevelopment project.
    State Laws and Cooperative Laws and BMCNotification and Directives has to be followed in True spirit.
    In the Redevelopment Project of Refinery View ChsLtd 62/63, MaroliChurch Road,Chembur,Mumbai-400074. All the state Laws and Co-operatives Laws and BMCNotification and Directives have been thrown to DUSTBIN by the present 7 members illegal M.C.
    The present 7 members Managing Committee is Caretaker MC from 09.6.2013.
    The 5 year term of this Managing Committee Expired 08.6.2013.
    Till date No Election in the Society has been conducted.

    There is State Government guidelines on the functioning of such MC whereby such MC cannot proceed on Redevelopment issue.
    The present Managing Committee is an illegal Managing Committee officially declared as having violated sec 129 of MSC Act 1960 by Dy registrar M -Ward KonkanBhavan and AddlRegistrarDr P Khandagale Pune from 01.5.2012.
    This Managing Committee does not believe in honoring the Registrar order.
    The present illegal Managing Committee signed and registered tainted and doctored and altered developmentAgreement on redevelopment on 10.7.2012
    The present illegal Managing Committee has totally violated the terms and conditions of the signed and accepted tender documents of Supreme Court of India Blacklisted company Patel Eng ltd .
    The present illegal Managing Committee has got approved the ruinous and destructive society plan on 18.01.2014 at ChemburGymkhana.
    The approval to Builder Patel Eng Ltd based on their offer as per the tender submitted by them in the presence of officer Mr..Yellary from the office of DyRegistrar M-ward was given on 7.5.2011.
    The Tainted and doctored and tempered D.A was signed and registered by the present illegal MC on 10.7.2012
    The ruinous and destructive Society plan was got approved on 18.01.2014 at Chembur Gymkhana.
    Section 79 (A) of MSC Act 1960 has been successfully violated .
    There are glaring Illegalities and Violations as detailed below.
    1In the signed DA the society plot area mentioned is 4425 Sqmtrs and 4119 Sqmtrs.
    In the plan passed the society plot area is reduced to 3792 SqmtrsShocking and surprising
    2 In the signed and registered DA the members of Society Members and shareholders is 77 (seventy seven) and there are 2 (Two) Shops. Total 79 Society members.
    In the plan passed on 18.01.2014 the number of Society Members and shareholders has mysteriously and suspiciously increased to 81 (Eighty one)
    This 7 members illegal MC in the DA signed by them has given to the BlacklistedBuilder-Irrevocable License and Irrevocable Power of attorney. In such a case what is our safety security under the state laws.
    There is no provision on this issue under Sec 79 (A) of MSC Act 1960 it is violation of state laws and corporate laws
    In the tainted and doctored and tempered and altered DA there is nowhere any mention of the benefit of 35% free fungible FSI available to Society Members.
    This benefit of free fungible FSI of 35 % has been swallowed and siphoned by the violations?
    In the Plan that has got approved there is no mention of extra Area of 25% that has to be given to Society Members. as committed by the builder ion their Tender Document.
    This benefit of extra area of 25% is Swallowed and Siphoned by the Violators?
    In the signed and registered DA the total area that will be given to the SocietyMembers is 53325 Sqft.
    In the approved planthetotal area that will be given to the 81 members is 56310Sqft.Total of 81 Tenants.
    The total benefit of road set back area been gifted to the blacklistedbuilder PatelEng Ltd Based on thedocumentary evidencecomplaints on this Redevelopment Project Scam have been lodged against 7 members MC and PMC and advocate and the arbitrator with various Government Authorities and also to the Honorable Chief Minister and Principal Secretary and Urban Development and Building Proposal Department.
    Departmental investigation orders has been issued we also request you to secretary investigate this legal crime and financial FRAUD.
    Sir we hope you will not be an irresponsible legal government authority by supporting and approving these flagrant and glaring illegalities and violations of the various state laws.
    We hope you will not support and approve the creation of other CAMPA COLO COMPOUND case.
    We hope you will not support and approve this breach of faith and Trust against the Society Members.
    Kindly acknowledge this letter.
    Thanking you,

    ShivShankar Damani
    Note: Till NO Architect has beenappointed for the Redevelopment Project
    Till date NO GBM held to discuss the DA.
    Till date No Feasibility report on the society plan has been send to society members.
    Till Date No Advocate represents the remaining society members.
    Till date No Certified copy on the process of redevelopment by PMC and Advocate and Architect Arbitrator and MC. Have been send to society members
    Till date No Transparency at all.
    There is Total breach of faith and trust.
    CC Copies:-
    The Justice S.R.Bannurmath, Chairman Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission
    The Deck Officer Urban Development –NAV-21
    Shri Manu Kumar Srivastava Principal Secretary Urban Development (I)
    Shri RajagopalDevara Secretary Co-operation
    Shri HarshwardhanShahajiraoPatil Co-operation and Parliamentary Affairs
    Shri J. S. Saharia – Chief Secretary of Maharashtra State
    Dr. P. S. Meena Social Development Coordination (GAD)
    Special Enquiry Officer-2 – Admin Reform O & M (Addl. Charge)
    Shri A. K. Jain Additional Chief Secretary – Chief Minister Office
    Shri Ashish Kumar Singh Principal Secretary Chief Minister Office
    Shri VinitAgarwal Secretary(Special) Home Department of Maharashtra State
    Dr P Khandagle- Addl.Registrar Co-op Housing Societies. – Pune
    The Divisional Joint Registrar, of Co-operative Societies (Malthora House)
    Shri Vijay Nahata Divisional Commissioners (Konkan Division) Maharashtra Government
    Mr.Shreekant Singh – Principal Secretary Special Project-Urban development.
    The Hon’ble.Chief Minister of Maharashtra State.
    Honb’le.Dy.Chief Minister of Maharashtra State.
    The Law Officer Maharashtra State.
    The Law Officer
    Shri.Rajesh S Kukunoor Chief Engineer ( Development Planning) MCGM
    The Chief Officer – Enquire Department – MCGM
    The Executive Engineer- Building proposal Department- M Ward ( MCGM)
    The Vigilance Officer- Building Proposal Department M-Ward
    Shri.D M Phase Chief Engineer Vigilance –MCGM
    The Dy.Vigilance Officer Special Duty – MCGM
    The Asst Municipal Commissioner – M-Ward (MCGM)
    Shri R D Shinde Social Secretary Justice, Special Assistance Maharashtra
    Shri H. B. Patel. (Secretary) Law & Judiciary- Maharashtra Government .
    Shri.V.K.Sharma Joint Secretary (Admn), Min. of Urban Development.
    Sri.SitaramKunte – Municipal Commissioner- MCGM
    The Dy .Registrar- M-Ward,KonkanBhavan,CBD,Navi Mumbai.
    The Ward Officer M Ward BMC.
  • SOS help help help Not another Campa Cola Building we sent several letters – CHE/ws/1250/k/337 we sent several letters to all Maharashtra Govt. Departments from Co operative housing society , Urban Development, BMC Head Sitaram Kunteji, Building proposal Department Bandra, Assistant commissioner KEast ward BMC But no reply from them Yet. Help Help Help

    We are members of this society and developer has submitted the plan without our consent and there is clear violation of Govt Directive and Maharashtra Govt. new DCR.

    1) Loss of stamp Duty income of govt maharashtra by the Developer by not calculating fungible FSI Premium Charges while paying stamp duty on 25th april 2013 at bandra andheri -4.

    2) Loss of 17 Crs. Rupees to Kulswamini CHSL members. Where Developer is swallowing the existing society member’s benefit of TDR FSI 30% and giving the free premium fungible FSI benefit of 21%.There is balance extra FSI of 1750 Sq feet of the society that benefit is also not getting to the society members. From year 1985 letter by Town planning department. Ref No:ARB/VP V/OP455/393 Dated 26/4/1982 Form 5. This is also 8 cr. rupees loss to Society members.

    3) Credibility of the developer. – 3 years Balance sheet of Developer i.e. Vastu Developer and references of work which he has done for redevelopment of Housing society earlier. Our society committee members are not giving us this information’s We have to have work references of the developer in writing. This is also our right to know the builder work. Before giving anything We request you to give us this information from the developer so we can be safeguarded. Coz its our life earned money.The developer must be told to give his offer of the cooperative societies where he has undertaken redevelopment work with the information as (a) Date of offer , (b) Area constructed , © Date of Acceptance of offer (d) Date of receipt of IOD (e) Date on which the last member vacated the premises ,(f) Date of receipt of occupation certificate (g) Date of receipt of the building completion certificate ,(h) Income Tax return of developer and his partners, directors

    4) In Development agreement it is mentioned in clause F and G i.e PMC and society short listed the offers by examining the background (No Back ground of Developer as he has not Constructed any Building in his entire life. Do give us the 3 written References of work done) , Financial ability ( Kindly submit 3 years balance sheet to understand financial ability which we have asked but till date they have not submitted to all members ) Previous record and commitment to use standard materials. which they have not submitted any documents to us which shows the credibility of the developer as a member we have right to have this information before committing on anything and after that we have found out from online building proposal department and got the building proposed plan where developer is giving only 9% benefit of TDR FSI and about 21 % Fungible Benefit to existing member i.e (Free premium to existing members).

    5) We are 15 members society. Out of which 5 are committee members. 2 members are out of India. 4 members are challenging about the fraud happened in society for 17 Crs. Balance 5 members are senior citizens.

    It has also been noticed that Developers, due to sudden liquidity crunch or improper planning, drop the project half way or the project is badly staggered and the paucity is worst affected to the members of the Society for long, may be years. Such Builders stop the further payment of rent for the alternate accommodation hired by the members or offer any monitory compensation for the delayed period.

    The members, at later date face the financial vulnerability due to such breach of trust and unfair trade practices by the Developer. It has been often noticed that during the process of redevelopment, the terms of Development Agreements as agreed upon, are later twisted and grossly violated by the Developers and the ground rules of MRTP and DCR by unlawful planning are flouted. We hear by request you to insist a revised redevelopment agreement CHE/WS/1250/K/337 file number for building proposal and to give us our TDR FSI benefit of 30% extra carpet area. To have bank guarantee of 70% of constructions cost.

    We sent several letters and complains regarding cheating and not giving us our own 30 % extra carpet area of TDR FSI benefit which is mentioned in the Development agreement which we have downloaded from the MCGM website. Pls. don’t make another CAMPA COLA BUILDING case. File no. CHE/WS/1250/K/337 building proposal department.

    Kindly do look in to this matter and set up the inquiry with the PMC. Project Management Consultant of society and project management consultant from our side in front of all members to save 9cr rupees benefit to all members. We request the cooperative Society department i.e dy registrar to hire the Auditor (we will Pay the fees) to audit all the transactions happened for the Redevelopment of Kulswamini CHSL.

    Best regards

    For Mahesh Upadhyay

    Sandeep upadhyay
    CA to Mahesh Upadhyay.Flat no 5 Shree Kripa bldg., Kulswamini Co Operative Housing society,Gujarati mandal cross road,Vileparle east,Mumbai57 Call 09324470001

    Proposed Redevelopment of Kulswamini CHSL building on plot number CTS 1514. Developer is not following the Development agreement 30% extra Space Benefit of TDR FSI but In the plan submitted later on 18th march 2014 the developer is giving 21% fungible area (Free Premium) + 9% carpet area, thus not giving us the promised 30 % extra carpet of TDR FSI Benefit.
    Ref: CHE/WS/1250/K/337 Division / Village. : Vile Parle, TP Scheme. CS No./ CTS No. : F.P. 465.
    Architect / LE / SE Name
    Applicant Name

    Shri.Prasad Deorokhkar Prop. Shri Vaastu Promoters & Developers C.A. to Kulswamini CHSL 5, Vishwanjali, Vakola Market Road, Santacruze East, Mumbai-58 Call- 09820070327

    We request you to look into this matter for not to have another Campa Cola Building issue. This is breach of faith and Trust against the Society Members.

    We hear by also request you to insist a revised redevelopment agreement to this effect before approving the plans.

    We are members of this society and developer has submitted the plan without our consent.

    We have sent letters to Bmc building proposal department bandra but still no reply from their side.

    We request you to set up the inquiry for the same.

    Kindly acknowledge this letter. Documents can be downloaded from the MCGM website URL.

    NOC Co Operative Society Department KEast Ward.
    Rajgopal Deora Principal Secretary Co-operation 22025283 Ext 3514 Fax 22023909 9423785900 sec_coop&

    Sandeep Deshmukh

    Shri. Subhash Patil
    Mumbai City – 3

    NOC from Municipal Corporation: Ref File number CHE/WS/1250/K/337
    Sitaram Kunte Municipal Commissioner 22620525 22620251 Ext 3109
    22655927 22081893 23517171 23517777 9167001100
    K V Acharekar DMC (Z – III) (H/E, H/W, K/E) 26823453 Ext 401 26832466 9820074373
    U V Solapurkar DMC (Vigilance) 22620251 Ext 2560 22620972 Fax 28677259 9833095486
    N P Ghotge Municipal Architect 9987031058
    J S Ghadge Vigilance Officer (Special Duty) 22620312 (Ext 3106) 22618816 9833578931
    S P Mistry Dy Chief Engineer W. Sub. (SWD) 26840177 26840177 25825435 25363858 9820141286 8879329213
    R L Nagrale Exec Engineer, City W Sub (SWD) Z III 23015817 26840177 9820079118

    Our file Number is CHE/WS/1250/K/337

    Contacts to call and to check with them Directly:

    Building Proposal Department.
    Western Suburbs (located at Bandra)
    Deputy Chief Engineer (Building Proposal) W.S., Ex.Eng.(B.P.) K/E & P and his
    subordinate staff except Executive Engineer (B.P.) P&R Ward and his subordinate staff functions from his office. Telephone No.26421271/26421277

    Chief Engineer (Development Plan) – Head Office
    Telephone No. 22620075. Chief Engineer (D.P.) visits zonal offices once a week.
    Director (E.S. & P.) – Head Office
    Telephone No. 22621387 Municipal Commissioner – Head Office

    Telephone No. 22620525

    Nowadays developers are cheating on Fungible FSI benefit to the Cooperative housing society members. By threatening them about dilapidated building with C1 category and if members are not ready then they try to demolish the building with the help of BMC.

    Committee members are not following govt directive like PMC report and other major things which are responsible for the benefit of the society and then matter goes in the litigation and then court and then it goes on and on.

    There should be standard follow up with the Municipal building proposal Department who check the bifurcation of Fungible FSI to members as per development agreement and TDR FSI Benefit to the members. (This should be must in all the development agreement happens. So no cheating can happens.

    Govt people say that they are not arbitrators. So many proposals come daily what they will check.
    Govt people has to take action on the committee members who are not maintaining their property.

    Or Every Year each society has to upload their health check of building to the cooperative society. About the painting of the building about fire department NOC and dengue and malaria free housing society.

    This is to make sure everything goes smooth in their region. And they can send letters to the society and give guidance to upload the report on the net how we upload VAT report online. (Maharashtra Sales Tax).

    We are doing our part and i am taking the initiative.
    We are not against the redevelopment. We are with redevelopment.
  • Supreme Court has ordered some residents of Campa-Cola building in Mumbai to vacate their " illegal " flats
    And asked Municipality to demolish these flats

    Even though , the residents

    > purchased these flats with their hard-earned , white money

    > paid registration fees / stamp duty / Municipal taxes / water bills / electricity charges etc for 30 years

    What was their crime ?

    They were ignorant of the criminal conspiracy between the builder , corrupt municipal officers and quite possibly , equally corrupt Govt officers

    And don’t rule out the Most Corrupt of them all

    The politicians !

    For this " ignorance " , the residents must now sleep on the footpath with their children and elders

    Supreme Court says , " Ignorance is no excuse in law "

    On the other hand , 53 Ministers of UPA-2 government , are continuing to occupy their Government-allotted bungalows in Delhi , even after ceasing to be Ministers

    Many are no more , even MPs !

    Some continue to occupy their bungalows , months and even years after ceasing to be Minister/MP !

    Take Buta Singh , who ceased to be a Minister 18 years ago !

    He refuses to vacate , for " Security " reasons !

    Or take Lalu Yadav , who will not vacate , since his wife Rabri Devi is undergoing medical treatment at AIMS !

    Now , make no mistake

    They are NOT ignorant of the government rule that says , they must vacate their bungalows within ONE month of leaving office !

    Residents of Campa Cola building – and millions of Mumbai-Citizens , living in thousands of similar " illegal " buildings , are asking :

    Why this Double Standard ?

    Why cannot Supreme Court take Suo-Moto cognizance of 53 illegal occupants – but
    knowledgeable – Ministers and issue them notice to vacate ?

    Will Venkaiyyah Naidu , show some intestinal fortitude ( aka " Guts " ) and throw them out on 26th June , when their extended Notice Period expires ?
    • hemen parekh ( 17 June 2014 / Mumbai )
  • MBAs All !

    NaMo wants them all to be MBAs

    Whether they are,
    • MPs ( 282 of BJP )
    • Ministers ( 45 of NDA-2 )
    • Minions ( 72 Govt Secretaries )

    He wants them all to be MBAs

    ie : Modi-fied Business Administrators

    And , NaMo is the Dean of this unique Management College , where , he personally conducts classes and tells them ,
    • Think Out-of-the-Box
    • Take bold – but honest – decisions
    • Act fast and clear all files within 4 days
    • Shun media
    • Avoid airing views / opinions on sundry matters
    • Contact him directly ( by phone/email ) for clarifications
    • Co-ordinate among themselves ( without GoM / E-GoM )
    • Go out in the field and listen to people
    • 100 % attendance in Lok Sabha – when in session
    • 100 % absence from Delhi – when LS is in recess
      { Go , visit your constituencies }
    • Don’t hire friends / relatives
    • Read carefully before signing any recommendation letter

    God gave Moses , 10 Commandments

    Janata has given Modi , 12 Commandments
    • hemen parekh ( 09 June 2014 / Mumbai )
  • Urban Renewal ?

    An important aspect of urban renewal is to get rid of slums , by resettling slum-dwellers in better houses

    Then convert those vacated slum areas into gardens

    But slum-dwellers are unwilling to vacate their huts . Why ?

    Over the past 25 / 30 years , the standard method was to move the slum-dwellers into some temporary , make-shift transit camps , pending permanent rehabilitation

    But that promised " permanent rehabilitation " never came !

    Those who agreed to get shifted into those transit camps , continue to live there for generations – without any hope of ever moving into multi-story concrete buildings with running water / electricity / toilets

    Given this broken promises , who would agree to shift out ?

    Second problem is availability of jobs nearby where they are forced to move – even if these buildings happen to be well-built , modern and permanent multi-storied buildings

    Who would want to move to a better / permanent house , if it is 30 Km away from a work-place ?

    No one wants to spend 4 hours on the road every day , commuting to a place of work in dense traffic , riding a crowded bus / train !

    But most slum-dwellers would happily vacate their slums and move 150 Km away , if ,
    • It is a well built building with all amenities
    • It is a permanent home ( – and not a transit facility )
    • It is given FREE , on ownership basis
    • There is a job within 1 Km of the new home

    This is exactly what China is doing , by building ONE brand new Mega City , EVERY 20 DAYS !

    And moving 250 million slum-dwellers into those cities over the next 20 years ( – nearly ONE MILLION people , EVERY MONTH ! )

    May be this is what NaMo was thinking when he dreamt of constructing 100 Mega Cities in next 5 years – at the rate of ONE city EVERY 18 DAYS !

    OLD cities cannot " Re-new " themselves , until well-planned NEW cities are built first and ready to receive those old city slum-dwellers and offer them jobs

    Only problem :
    • Mega City of Dholera ( in Gujarat ) is under construction for over last 3
      years and expected to cost , Rs 70,000 Crores
    • Central Government has neither the money needed to construct 100 cities,
      nor the administrative / technical competence for such a project
    • Democratic Institutions are un-suited for taking bold / harsh /
      controversial decisions – then bulldoze !

    It seems urban renewal will remain a mirage !
    • hemen parekh ( 05 June 2014 / Mumbai 0
  • i am an electrical & electronics engineer from MIT Manipal(1997 batch). i have worked in the corporate industry for 17 years and have lived in USA , UK for 8 years. I am so surprised as we all talk about development . Development has been happening in our country since last 30 years. but with it corruption, scams, etc are happening more. and it is more prevalent in the corporate industry. How many people will you put behind bar.? how CBI cases can be filed.? How many cout cases you will file? The one answer which we all miss and have completely forgotten is morality . my initiative on this is . With being rich we have forgotten to be GOD rich . Please contribute your views and ideas to my idea where I just want good for my country which has given me the intellect and wisdom to write on my topic.
  • 1 down ; 259 to go !

    NaMo requested voters to give him 60 months ( against 60 years , they gave to Congress )

    That is 260 weeks

    What did he achieve in the FIRST week ?
    • Formed a small / compact Cabinet
    • Constituted SIT to look into Black Money issue
    • Issued TEN COMMANDMENTS of Good Governance
    • Told MPs / Ministers , not to appoint relatives
    • Phoned MP Priyanka to remove her father as her " Representative "
    • Asked all Ministers to prepare " 100 Days Action Plan "
    • Issued " Performance Appraisal Formula " for Ministers
    • Abolished 30 GoM / E-GoM
    • Invited SAARC heads-of-States to swearing-in ceremony
    • Started dialogue with Pakistan
    • Talked to Obama / Li Keqiang / Abe
    • Met Jaylalitha / Naneen Patnaik
    • Alloted Rs 1 Lakh Crores for toilets

    Well begun , Narendrabhai !

    You get 90 marks out of 100 ( Very Good )

    Will next week get you 100 out of 100 ? ( Excellent )
    • hemen parekh ( 04 June 2014 / Mumbai )
  • White Holes of Black Money ?

    Astrophysicists say , even light cannot escape a black hole

    Closer at home in India , even the most stringent laws have not stopped the Indians from siphoning out their undeclared income to secret bank accounts in 40 odd Tax-Haven nations – the White Holes of Black Money !

    Depending upon your source , the amount varies from Rs 25 lakh Crores to Rs 90 lakh Crores

    The exact / actual amount is itself , irrelevant

    What matters is :
    • In those foreign banks , there are lakhs of " Secret / Password-protected " bank accounts , belonging to Indians
    • Those countries are refusing to divulge these accounts to Indian Government, under some or other International Law / Convention
    • India has no extra-judicial influence over these countries to force them
    • Economies of these countries do not depend upon trade with India
      These economies depend upon those secret accounts !

    Of late , some people have suggested passing yet another law to declare all such black monies, illegally stashed abroad , as " National Property "

    Sure ! Can be passed in BJP controlled Lok Sabha in 4 hours !

    Like all previous laws , that won’t make any difference

    In the meantime , let SIT debate and deliberate and dither , for ever !

    No harm in persevering , even as those Rs 90 lakh Crores become Rs 900 lakh Crores !

    Do our Politicians / Babus / Janata , realize that the only persons who can – and will – bring back those black monies , are those account holders ?

    Do we realize that human greed is cleverer than those laws ?

    Do we understand that no one wants to pay increasing amount of Income Tax , with each higher slab ?

    Do we appreciate that our present taxation system ( of higher tax rates , with rising income ) , prevents people from declaring all of their incomes ?

    Why work harder to earn higher income , only to hand over that income to government – who will distribute it , by way of salaries to the bureaucracy ?

    Do we know that our present Tax Regime penalizes honest tax payers and discourages wealth – creation ?

    Do we understand that this Tax Regime , diverts funds into unproductive assets ( eg: Land / Gold etc ) – funds , which are badly needed for nation-building ?

    Will Mr Arun Jaitly have courage to implement following ?
    Where one pays DECREASING , incremental tax , with each higher slab of income. This will encourage full declaration of all income and remove incentive to hide income . People will insist upon receiving all payments by cheques . " Reverse Hawaala " system ( converting black money to white money ) will , soon eliminate parallel economy !
    Where no questions will be asked as to the source of declared black money , if that money is invested in Government-Approved Infrastructure SPVs . Dividends / interests from such investments will be free from Income Tax for 15 years . Infrastructure should also include , Education, Health-care , Sanitation etc

    Dear Narendrabhai ,

    Applying this ( mildly " Out -of – Box " ) thinking , you can raise Rs 1000
    Lakh Crores , and build those 100 Mega-Cities and create those 100 million
    • hemen parekh ( 04 June 2014 / Mumbai )
  • NaMo had no choice

    On 26 May , NaMo assumed office

    On 27 May , he appointed a committee to look into the issue of Black Money

    He had no choice , since Supreme Court had given Central Government , time till 28th May to appoint a SIT ( Special Investigation Team )

    NaMo did this despite his firm belief that ,

    " Governments appoint committees when they want to postpone taking unpopular / unpleasant decisions "

    [ Eg : Issue of KG gas price rise ? ]

    How else can you explain a 8 member committee of the Senior-most bureaucrats , without ,

    > a clear mandate / terms of reference

    > a firm target date

    > power to take decisions , which are binding on the government

    > accountability for failure to achieve its objectives

    NaMo knows too well that ,

    > Committees only make " Recommendations "

    > Their foremost recommendation is invariably , to appoint another follow-
    up committee , to examine their original recommendations !

    > Committees rarely meet . When they do , they do so without a clear
    agenda . Only decision that gets taken is fixing the date for the next

    > Other names by which committees are well known are ,
    • Come – Meet – Tea
    • Procrastination Incarnate

    > Committees have no power / authority , to instruct Government Officers
    to act " as directed "

    > When questioned in Lok Sabha , concerned Minister can get away for
    inaction by saying , " Committee report is awaited "

    > For the members , being on a committee is a status symbol

    > For retired officers , committees are a source of some income

    > A committee is a " Mutual Admiration Society " – where members never
    tire of patting each other’s backs

    > Committee Members love to hear their own voices

    > Committees are never held accountable for failing to achieve anything
    concrete / tangible

    But when NaMo had a choice , yesterday , he abolished 30 GoM / E-GoM

    NaMo does not tolerate a culture of buck-passing

    He cannot suffer nincompoops !

    He is telling his Ministers ,

    " Shape up or Ship out "
    • hemen parekh ( 01 June 2014 / Mumbai )
  • Sorry…not sure why this got posted so many times :(
  • Sorry…not sure why this got posted so many times :(
  • Maam.. Glad to hear that AAP will be stopping the protests!!

    Maam.. Glad to hear that AAP will be stopping the protests!!But, please do not focus on AAP’s victimization in your door to door campaigns!! People don’t listen to the woes of their own near and dear. Assuming that they are going to listen to AAP’s woes would be a gross miscalculation. Please limit the door to door campaigning on just the positives of AAP and what AAP can do if brought to power. It needs to be understood that the nation is basking in the success of Modi in recent elections and expecting the nation to listen to AAP’s moaning would be a miscalculation.

    Maam.. Glad to hear that AAP will be stopping the protests!!But, please do not focus on AAP’s victimization in your door to door campaigns!! People don’t listen to the woes of their own near and dear. Assuming that they are going to listen to AAP’s woes would be a gross miscalculation. Please limit the door to door campaigning on just the positives of AAP and what AAP can do if brought to power. It needs to be understood that the nation is basking in the success of Modi in recent elections and expecting the nation to listen to AAP’s moaning would be a miscalculation.To hell with the wrongs other parties are doing.

    Maam.. Glad to hear that AAP will be stopping the protests!!But, please do not focus on AAP’s victimization in your door to door campaigns!! People don’t listen to the woes of their own near and dear. Assuming that they are going to listen to AAP’s woes would be a gross miscalculation. Please limit the door to door campaigning on just the positives of AAP and what AAP can do if brought to power. It needs to be understood that the nation is basking in the success of Modi in recent elections and expecting the nation to listen to AAP’s moaning would be a miscalculation.To hell with the wrongs other parties are doing.We need AAP in power for at least an Year and then AAP can start unleashing governance reforms to make the establishment corruption free.

    Maam.. Glad to hear that AAP will be stopping the protests!!But, please do not focus on AAP’s victimization in your door to door campaigns!! People don’t listen to the woes of their own near and dear. Assuming that they are going to listen to AAP’s woes would be a gross miscalculation. Please limit the door to door campaigning on just the positives of AAP and what AAP can do if brought to power. It needs to be understood that the nation is basking in the success of Modi in recent elections and expecting the nation to listen to AAP’s moaning would be a miscalculation.To hell with the wrongs other parties are doing.We need AAP in power for at least an Year and then AAP can start unleashing governance reforms to make the establishment corruption free.Fact of the day is that people will only buy development dreams and no one has time and patience to lend an ear to cribbing and complaints against others.

    Maam.. Glad to hear that AAP will be stopping the protests!!But, please do not focus on AAP’s victimization in your door to door campaigns!! People don’t listen to the woes of their own near and dear. Assuming that they are going to listen to AAP’s woes would be a gross miscalculation. Please limit the door to door campaigning on just the positives of AAP and what AAP can do if brought to power. It needs to be understood that the nation is basking in the success of Modi in recent elections and expecting the nation to listen to AAP’s moaning would be a miscalculation.To hell with the wrongs other parties are doing.We need AAP in power for at least an Year and then AAP can start unleashing governance reforms to make the establishment corruption free.Fact of the day is that people will only buy development dreams and no one has time and patience to lend an ear to cribbing and complaints against others.Hoping that this movement will not be allowed to Die..
  • Dear Admiral & Mrs Auditto thank you for your kind words !
    Dear Juzer ji thank you for your comment !
  • Thanks you Virender ji and Sravan ji for your comments. Indeed there is need for introspection in the party on our future course of action. I believe there is the need for a principled, constructive and fearless opposition in India, and that AAP can and should occupy that space. Your comments are very thoughtful – Thank You
  • फिर एक और गलती। १००००/- रुपये का बांड न भर कर जेल जाने का निर्णय एक और गलती है। किसी के भ्रष्ट्राचार को उजागर करना एक राजनीतिक विषय हो सकता है , किन्तु किसी के द्वारा किया गए डिफेमेशन के केस को कानूनी तरीके से लड़ना ही ज्यादा उपयुक्त है। लोकसभा चुनावों के बाद बदली हुई परिस्थितियों में तथा दिल्ली विधानसभा के चुनावों के लिए रणनीति बनाने के लिए चुनाव, होने चाहियें अथवा कांग्रेस की सपोर्ट से सरकार बनाने का प्रयत्न करना चाहिए इस पर बातचीत के लिए कार्यकर्ताओं की बैठक इन दिनों में बुलाना अपेक्षित था , परन्तु इन महत्वपूर्ण मुद्दों को नजरअंदाज करके जेल जाने का निर्णय औचित्य पूर्ण नहीं कहा जा सकता। जनता द्वारा इस कार्य को केवल एक “नौटंकी” कहा जा सकता है , इस बात का हमें एहसास होना चाहिए था। जरुरत है इस लड़ाई को प्रभाविक रूप से कानून के दायरे में लड़ कर जीता जाये ताकि जनता पर उसका सकारात्मक प्रभाव पड़ सके।

    सबसे अधिक जरुरत संगठन को मजबूत करने की है , ताकि इस तरह की परिस्थितियों में पीछे कोई काम नहीं रुके। कल शकुरबस्ती विधान सभा के कार्यकर्ताओं की एक सभा बिना किसी नोटिस के रद्द कर दी गयी क्योंकि श्री सत्येन्द्र जैन को शाम को जेल के बाहर प्रदर्शन के लिए जाना था। यह मीटिंग रद्द न करके शकुरबस्ती विधान सभा के पार्टी अध्यक्ष द्वारा जारी रखी जा सकती थी। शायद अब तीन दिनों के लिए तथाकथित रेफरेंडम स्तथगित रहेगा।

    एक और बात है ,जनता के बीच कोई भी बात रखते समय हमें शब्दों का चयन बहुत सावधानी से करना चाहिए। अभी केजरीवाल जी का एक कथन आया की हमें एहसास नहीं था की जनता हमारे निर्णय (सरकार छोड़ने का) गलत मतलब निकालेगी। अर्थात यहाँ भी हम यही कहना चाहते हैं की जनता की गलती है कि वो गलत मतलब निकाल रही है , हमारा निर्णय गलत नहीं था।

    आने वाले समय में जिन राज्यों में विधानसभाओं के चुनाव होने वाले हैं , हमें वहां ध्यान केंद्रित करना चाहिए।

    दिल्ली में किरारी क्षेत्र में लोकसभा चुनावों में आप को काफी बढ़त हासिल हुई है जबकि विधानसभा चुनावों में बी जे पी आगे थी। आर एस एस ने इस क्षेत्र को विश्लेषण के लिए चुना है की ऐसा क्यों हुआ। आप को भी इस क्षेत्र के लोगों के रुझान में इस परिवर्तन का विश्लेषण कर , आने वाले विधानसभा चुनावों के लिए अपनी रणनीति बनानी चाहिए।