Two flats registered in the name of Anjali Tendulkar — wife of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar – are among the 1,128 flats in a residential complex in Virar West that have allegedly been provided electricity connection illegally.
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has launched an inquiry into how the connections were provided. The local Shiv Sena unit has also written to MSEDCL, claiming that the Tendulkars have been dragged into the controversy and the violations are by the project developer.
Documents accessed show that ownership of flat numbers C-203 and C-204 of VIVA Kingston Crown in Virar West is in the name of Anjali Sachin Tendulkar. According to MSEDCL officials, the sub-station from which the 1,128 flats have been drawing electricity was only supposed to provide power to the elevators in the building, and for water supply.
Local Sena workers have alleged connivance of MSEDCL with the builder in providing electricity meters and providing illegal electricity supply to the residents.
Arun Papadkar, executive engineer, MSEDCL, Vasai Division said, “When brought the issue to our notice, I went to VIVA Kingston Crown for an inspection.
Prima facie, it appears that officials from the Virar Division of MSEDCL have given electricity meters to the residents without following procedure.”
He confirmed that the power sub-station from which electricity was being drawn is only meant for water supply and electricity supply for the elevators. “The sub-station that is meant to provide legal electricity supply to the residents of VIVA Kingston Crown is under construction.”
Director of Viva Mahalaxmi Group, Mital Shah, said, “I am the developer of VIVA Kingston Crown and we have completed all the required legal procedures for the project. All the allegations levelled against us are false.” The spokesperson for SRT Sports Management Pvt Ltd, who spoke on behalf of the Tendulkars, said, “We do not believe anything like this to be true and would request the concerned builder to clarify the issue.”
Sanjeev Kumar, Managing Director for MSEDCL, said, “I am unaware of the issue at this stage.” State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule told DNA, “We are probing the matter.”