Did Sussanne Roshan’s store defy the BMC?

When Hrithik Roshan’s wife decided to kick start the Charcoal Project with partners Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla and Andrew Martin, little did she know that she would soon be breaking all the rules. Or did she?

Charcoal Project is the name of a store jointly run by Sussanne Roshan, Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla and Andrew Martin. And the space for the hi-style emporium has been provided by Suzanne’s father-in-law Rakesh Roshan in the New Chandra Housing Society, off Veera Desai Road in Andheri, Mumbai.

A perfect setting, one might say, one that was so till the owners started tweaking and expanding the area they originally bought. For starters, a basement that was supposed to be only 15 feet high was renovated to touch a height of 30 feet. Also, we are told that the parking area has been conveniently converted into a storehouse. And a birdie on the condition of anonymity reveals, “The store is nothing but an amalgamation of several smaller stores. Partitions were knocked down to make them one.” Sigh!

To add to CP’s problems, the Save Open Spaces (SOS) group also decided to intervene and point an accusing finger at this ‘illegal’ construction. “It makes a complete mockery of rules. The commercial area in the building, which houses Charcoal project, has bent every rule in the book. We were shocked to see the store’s office being built in a parking area,” Ashok Pandit of SOS said.

So now what? A khabru from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation reveals that after the store owners received a notice from the BMC to undo all the violations, they requested the building proposal department to regularise all the alleged faults. How smart, no? But alas, it was all in vain. “The violations are of such a nature that they cannot be regularised under the rules. For example, an area designated for parking can never be used as a storeroom or office,” Mr Khabru revealed.

But Mumbai is known for its world famous space constraints and the chalta hai attitude, right? So will Suzanne’s Roshan’s dream store, the Charcoal Project, succeed in working its way around this meshwork of rules? Will those same rules be …err…bent rather conveniently to accommodate a famous person or four? What say, readers?