31-storey Mumbai building to be pulled down

Officials say tower was built too close to the city's coastline

The controversial Adarsh Tower in Mumbai, ordered for demolition by officials. Photo: Getty.
The controversial Adarsh Tower in Mumbai, ordered for demolition by officials. Photo: Getty.

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An apartment block in downtown Mumbai is to be demolished following claims that it violated the city's environmental regulations.

The 31-storey Adarsh tower, which was finished in 2008, has been constructed too close to the coast, breaking Mumbai's building codes.

The building was designed to provide homes for war veterans and widows, but it emerged last year that the apartments had instead been given to top generals and government officials.

The revelation led to the resignation of the chief minister of Maharashtra in November 2010.

The developers have been given three months to demolish the building.

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