Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why did Goel Ganga Developments launch Ganga Acropolis without obtaining environmental clearance?


23th & 24 January 2015 - Ganga Acropolis Launched:


Rahul Talwar, Senior Manager - Sales & Shruti Dongre, Manager, Sales & Marketing - Visit Site Office & Show Flat of Ganga Acropolis by Goel Ganga Developments, Gagan Developers, Kalyanee Constructions & Fortune Properties - 2 BHK & 3 BHK Flats at Survey No. 41, behind Mercedes Benz Showroom, near TUV India House, on the border of Baner & Sus, Sus Gram Panchayat, Pune 411021 - Contact - 020 3015 7201 - 020 6708 2708 - www.goelgangadevelopments.com

Last weekend, Goel Ganga Developments, Gagan Developers, Kalyanee Constructions & Fortune Properties launched Ganga Acropolis - 2 BHK & 3 BHK Flats at Survey No. 41, behind Mercedes Benz Showroom, near TUV India House, on the border of Baner & Sus, at Sus Gram Panchayat, Pune 411021.

The builders released a 4 page advertising supplement "Acropolis Times" in The Times of India on Friday, 23rd January 2015.

The ad of Ganga Acropolis promised 'Better Tomorrow'(!) Advantages of Baner (How funny!). Connectivity with Hinjewadi and Mumbai Bangalore Highway.  Amenities like mini theater, skating ring for kids, Tennis - Squash -  Badminton Court. And the track record of Goel Ganga Developments.

In short, the ad tried to say that Ganga Acropolis is a luxury property - ideal for IT Professionals in Hinjewadi & investors from Mumbai - developed by a well established builder in Pune.







To confirm that Ganga Acropolis has obtained environmental clearance, I visited https://ec.maharashtra.gov.in/

The Item Number 388 on 'Proposal Status List SEAC III' said that Kalyanee Fortune Constructions had submitted the proposal on 19-1-2013. The status was - considered in 5th, 17th & 19th meetings. And the remark was - compliance awaited!

What? Ganga Acropolis is not even recommended for EC!
Then - why did Goel Ganga Developments launch Ganga Acropolis? I asked myself.

Now a days, you know, professional builders in Pune launch projects only after obtaining environmental clearance. For example - Pharande Spaces' Pune Ville (Item No. 182) & Pethkar Projects' Siyona (Item No 369) at Punawale in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)!

For the property buyers - environmental clearance for Ganga Acropolis - which is located in Sus Gram Panchayat - means a lot!  Because unlike PCMC - Sus Gram Panchayat has no basic infrastructure. No road. No water supply. No drainage line. No garbage collection & disposal facility. Nothing!

Proposal Status List SEAC III - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions, Item No. 388:




25th - 28th February 2014 - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions Applies for Environmental Clearance:


Kalyanee Fortune Constructions applied for environmental clearance for their proposed residential project at Sr. No. 41/1 & 41/2/14 at Sus, Taluka Mulshi, District Pune.

3rd State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC III) discussed the proposal in it's 5th meeting  held on 25th - 28th February 2014.

Besides the standard points about IOD, internal roads with 9 meter turning radius for fire tender, meter & back up for Pollution Control Devices - water supply -emergency lifts & services, planting fruit bearing trees, etc - a few important points emerged. -

1) Storm Water - The project proponent - the developer - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions - informed the committee that - with the permission of the adjacent plot owners - they will dispose storm water in the nearby nallah.

2)  Water Supply - NOC from Sus Gram Panchayat - through resolution - Tharav.

3) Biodegradable Waste - NOC for collection & disposal

4) N A Order - for the entire plot

5) STP - correct drawings & diagrams of STP, Storm & Sewer Lines

6) Open & Covered Car Parking - give exact number of parkings - size of covered car park should be as per MoEF Construction Manual.

SEAC III gave time to Kalyanee Fortune Constructions for submitting information on these points.

Ganga Acropolis - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions - SEAC 3 - 5th Meeting - 25th - 28th February 2014 - Item No. 32 - Page No 60 -61:




9th - 12th September 2014 - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions Changes Entire Plan of the Project!:


In the 17th Meeting, SEAC III observed that the developers have changed the entire plan. So the committee told the builder to submit fresh proposal.

Ganga Acropolis - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions - SEAC 3 - 17th Meeting - 9th - 12th September 2014 - Item No. 53 - Page No 63- 64:




28th - 31st October 2014 - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions Proposes 6 Residential Buildings of 61 Meter Height!:


SEAC III discussed Kalyanee Fortune Constructions' fresh proposal of constructing 17 story 6 residential towers in the 19th meeting.

Once again, committee told the developer to submit following information -  1) IOD 2) N A Order 3) Drawings of storm water drainage line up to the final disposal point. 4) Fire Tender Movement Plan - with clear width of 6 meters with turning radius - along with building setbacks left for plantation - drainage etc.

The 2 new points were -

1) Obtain & submit water supply & drainage connection NOC from (Sus Gaon) Gram Panchayat through it's Tharav (Resolution)!

2) The developers informed the committee that they would check the applicability HRC (High Rise Committee) approvals - and submit the details.

The developers requested for more time to submit the information.

Ganga Acropolis - Kalyanee Fortune Constructions - SEAC 3 - 19th Meeting - 28th - 31st October 2014 - Item No. 3 - Page No. 14:




24th January 2015 - Visit Ganga Acropolis!


My old friend & senior manager at Goel Ganga Developments invited me for the launch party on 23rd January. But when I checked the status of environmental clearance, I decided not to attend.

However, I visited Ganga Acropolis on 24th. Mainly to find out - why did Goel Ganga Development launch the project without obtaining environmental clearance?

I have a very long, close and personal association with the Goel family. And particularly with Mr. Subhash Goel of Goel Ganga Developments. He has played an important role in my career & life.

So,  the launch of Ganga Acropolis without environmental clearance made me sad. I was not at all enthusiastic about visiting the site. If it had been any other builder, I would not have bothered to visit the site at all.

I liked the plans of  2 BHK & 3 BHK Flats.. Carpet area & room sizes were good. Site office was lovely. Sales staff was smart. Everything was quite Okay. Why did Goel Ganga Developments launch Ganga Acropolis without obtaining environmental clearance? - I went on wondering.

Ganga Acropolis at Survey No. 41, behind Mercedes Benz Showroom, near TUV India House, on the border of Baner & Sus, at Sus Gram Panchayat, Pune 411021 - Photowalk:


Rahul Talwar, Senior Manager - Sales & Shruti Dongre, Manager, Sales & Marketing - Visit Site Office & Show Flat of Ganga Acropolis by  Goel Ganga Developments, Gagan Developers, Kalyanee Constructions & Fortune Properties - 2 BHK & 3 BHK Flats at Survey No. 41, behind Mercedes Benz Showroom, near TUV India House, on the border of Baner & Sus, Sus Gram Panchayat, Pune 411021 - Contact -  020 3015 7201 - 020 6708 2708 - www.goelgangadevelopments.com

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