Pankaj and Radhika Oswal have taken the first steps towards demolishing their unfinished Peppermint Grove mansion.
The partly constructed and now derelict home on the corner of Keane Street and Bayview Terrace, Peppermint Grove. Picture: The West Australian
Under an agreement struck with the Shire of Peppermint Grove the Oswals had until December 31 to start the process towards demolition, which must be completed by September.
A spokeswoman for the pair toldThe West Australian that the process required to demolish the house, which is known as Taj-on-Swan because of its Indian-style architecture, had started.
Shire president Rachel Thomas said she understood there had been site activity on December 24 and was seeking an update. Mr and Mrs Oswal have lived overseas since the collapse of Mr Oswal’s ammonia empire in 2010.
The stalled building site they left behind has been a thorn in the side of the shire. Residents have complained it is a magnet for antisocial behaviour. A long-running legal dispute between Mrs Oswal and the Australian Taxation Office has complicated attempts to knock it down.
The Oswals spent almost $22.7 million buying eight lots to build their dream home which was to have included seven domes, six bedrooms and parking for 17 cars.
As recently as last year the Oswal’s claimed through their spokeswoman they hoped to return to Perth to finish the building.
However, orders filed in the State Administrative Tribunal in October with the consent of both parties agreed to demolition by September at Mrs Oswal’s expense.
Kate Emery January 5, 2016, 12:30 am