one family fought the system and stopped donald trump\'s first venture in india
by：QY Precision 2019-10-31
When a real estate developer in Mumbai bought a crumbling 80-year- The old apartment building and announced plans to replace it with a luxurious skyscraper. But a tenant refused. Prasad Panvalkar, an ink salesman, argued that city regulations required builders to relocate their families on new development projects, and the company said it would not do so. The case of Panvalkar is not uncommon in Mumbai, a densely populated coastal metropolis where construction companies often intimidate residents, defy regulations and bribe authorities. But there is one reason why it stands out: The builder\'s business partner is Donald Trump, who sells the right to brand the high-rise building Become the first Trump Tower in India Parvakal played six. Developer Rohan Lifescapes agreed in June to place his family in the renovated property in less than a quarter -- A mile from the Arabian Sea. By then, regulators had cited a number of legal and construction violations of the project, delayed construction and prompted the Trump group to abandon the agreement. Since then, Trump has signed an agreement to print his name on several other properties in India, expanding his participation in a lucrative but unhealthy property Experts say the real estate industry is notorious for corruption and human rights abuses. \"The entire housing industry in India relies on corruption and bribery to survive and prosper,\" said former Mumbai housing official Chandra shhar Prab . \". \"Without approval, there is nothing without bribery. Trump praised Indian real estate for its \"huge growth potential,\" but its opaque nature has complicated the situation for the president --elect. His Trump group is reportedly involved in five projects with a total value of $1. There are 5 billion in India, one of the largest real estate companies in India. Real estate portfolios in any country outside the United States. In most cases, instead of investing in his own money, Trump authorizes the use of his name in exchange for expenses, percentage of sales, or both. \"I don\'t think he\'s much involved in the details,\" Prabhu said . \". \"He signed on to existing projects, so it\'s hard for him to know whether it\'s bribery or illegal. \"Trump now and in the past -- Brand projects in India have encountered legal problems, which provides a window for fast entry into this area The growing national real estate market His company seems eager to take advantage of this. The entire real estate industry in India survives and develops by corruption and bribery. Trump described Indians as \"amazing people\" and said in October that the United StatesS. India would be \"best friend\" if he were president, he visited India in 2014 for a luxurious party for 23- Story Trump built residential areas in the western city of Pune. The project is currently under police investigation after a local activist claimed the land was obtained with forged documents. Developer Panchshil Realty denied wrongdoing. Company director Sagar Chordia made headlines when he visited Trump in New York a few days after Trump was elected, and he did not respond to requests for comment. As a New York tycoon, Trump chose Mumbai\'s financial center, his first foray into India. The city is full of shabby colonies. Time buildings on top of Asia\'s most expensive land. On 2011, Trump reached a licensing agreement with Rohan Lifescapes, which plans to 45-to 60- 4,500 story overallsquare- Foot apartment with sea view. Half of it. The acre site is four. Story building where Panvalkar lives with his wife, son and brother-in-law. Built in 1929, it belongs to a charitable trust fund that provides housing for the community of pataré praeb, a descendant of Hindu nobles in northern India who began to settle in Mumbai in the 12 th century. The paint of the building was corroded in salt air and the walls were damaged by water. Under the law, trust companies cannot sell properties to commercial developers, but these terms are systematically ignored in the rush to rebuild the aging urban landscape of Mumbai. The trust ceded the land to Rohan Lifescapes, who sent a representative in 2010 to tell Panvalkar that he and his family needed to leave the land -- They rented a bedroom apartment on the second floor. \"They say all of your old residents have to vacate,\" recalls pawakar, 57, who is fat and wears glasses. \"They created a highend building. Panvalkar said the company paid thousands of dollars for the relocation of each tenanta. But he pointed out that a Mumbai regulation says developers are trying 1960 The building must provide housing for residents on the same property. His wife, Smita, urged him to hold on. Her father was one of the first occupants of the building; She was born there. A short walk to Panvalkar\'s shop selling printer ink, a business founded by his grandfather. \"She loves the place,\" Panvalkar said . \". But this is also a question of our rights. She made up her mind \"They, their son and her brother were the last family to live in the building in May 2011, and one morning a fire broke out in the pricing room on the first floor. Panvalkar climbed from the window next to the railing of the neighboring building and when the fire truck arrived to put out the fire, he climbed onto the ground. The buildings are least damaged. However, the mystery is that in the case of Panvalkar\'s suspicion of forcing the family to leave, the electricity has not recovered for six weeks. But they stayed, and in the depressed summer without a fan, refrigerator or washing machine, his wife got up early every morning to wash her clothes by hand. \"This is the case with India,\" Panvalkar said . \". \"There is always a way to put pressure on tenants. \"Panvalkar began investigating the project, using India\'s freedom of information law to obtain documents and share them with the national urban development department. In December 2011, the state froze the project due to multiple violations. The state said that although the area of the West Talay and apartments on the roads on the proposed highway far exceeds the permitted area of the Mumbai Coastal Reserve, the city authorities have approved the construction plan, there\'s a place in the Square- Lens restrictions for new buildings. Haresh Mehta, president of Rohan Lifescapes, admitted to The Times of India in 2012 interview: \"We go beyond what is allowed . \". Mehta did not answer the question raised by the spokesman. The new apartments are less than half the size promised, reducing their luxury appeal. According to many reports, Trump\'s son Donald Trump Jr. He traveled to Mumbai and asked the state\'s top officials to allow the project to continue but was rejected. Shortly after that, Trump ended his involvement. Little Donald Trump, 2013 A newspaper in Mumbai says the company \"has only the highest brands -- End the development of luxury goods in every market we enter. \"That year, Trump signed up to build a new Trump Tower in Mumbai, 75 stories high, with a golden front and three -- Bedroom apartment starts at $1. 3 million. The developer Lodha Group was created by the vice president of the BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. Speaking about the building, Lodha Group said: \"Our cooperation has been improving the meaning of luxury goods and services and setting a new benchmark for luxury life in India . \", It will open on 2018. Other Trump- The ongoing brand development in India includes the office and residential complex in the satellite city of Gurgaon, New Delhi, and the high Rises in the eastern city of Kolkata, formerly Kolkata. Trump denied concerns that a business deal he reached with politicians in other countries such as the Philippines and Turkey could be in conflict of interest. In India, political leaders are deeply involved in an eye-catching construction industry --Profits burst. \"There is an unholy relationship,\" Prabhu said . \". \"Two or three years later, your investment in x becomes 20x. No business in the world- In addition to drug cartels, there may be terrorism. This gives you such a reward. \"On 2014, the BJP took over the state government and relaxed restrictions on the demolition of the Panvalkar building. The highway plan was canceled and the coastal development rules were relaxed. The project was restored by Rohan Lifescapes and an Indian partner, announcing that it would build a pair of smaller towers instead of a spacious skyscraper. On June, Panvalkar and the company reached a settlement guaranteeing that his family had an apartment in a new building, clearing the way for the demolition of the old building. There is a price for victory. His wife died of a heart attack in November 2011, six months after the fire. In a small office behind his shop, he kept a photo of her frame, surrounded by a group of idols depicting Ganesh, a Hindu elephant god, who was honored to remove obstacles \"We have no objection to Trump. Let him make money as much as he wants . \" \"My wife just said it should be fair. \"Special correspondent Parth M. N. Contributed to this report. shashank. Bangladesh @ latimes.