Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar has been exempted from the penalty which was to be imposed on him for moving into his new house without obtaining an occupancy certificate from the city's civic body.
This happened after the state government intervened and asked the Bombay Municipal Corporation to issue the OC to Sachin without penalising him.
Tendulkar had shifted to his newly constructed five-storey bungalow at Perry Cross Road in suburban Bandra on Wednesday before an OC was issued. (See Pics)
The Master Blaster said that moving into the new house was an emotional moment for him. "Everyone has a dream of owning a house. I, too, had this dream. I am happy that I was able to fulfil it. The flat where I earlier used to live, I had received it under the sports quota. I have now vacated that place, so that some other sportsman can live there," he told reporters outside his villa in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The batting maestro's new home has been reconstructed on a plot that earlier housed a dilapidated bungalow, which Sachin had bought for Rs. 39 crore in 2007.
The villa has been secured with high-walled fencing to avoid curious onlookers. CCTV cameras and sensors have also been installed.
Besides the three storeys above the ground level, the villa, designed after taking into consideration Tendulkar's likes and dislikes, reportedly has two underground basements.
According to reports, Tendulkar and his wife Anjali are likely to have their bedroom on the top floor, while the rooms of their two children -- son Arjun and daughter Sara -- and a guest room will occupy the two floors below.
A temple, drawing and dining rooms, besides arrangements for displaying various awards and trophies won by Tendulkar, who holds most of the batting records and is one short of completing a century of international tons, will occupy most of the ground floor.
The first basement will house servant quarters and master surveillance room, while the second basement has been kept for Tendulkar's passion -- cars. It is said to have a parking capacity of a large number of cars.
Besides all these, there is a swimming pool on the terrace of the house, reports said.
(With PTI inputs)