BMC winks at ‘illegal’ construction by corporator

Despite claiming to have come down hard on unauthorised construction in the city

Written by Sharvari Patwa | Mumbai | Published: August 7, 2013 1:24 am

Despite claiming to have come down hard on unauthorised construction in the city,the BMC seems to be going easy if its corporator’s interests are at stake.

After the assistant municipal commissioner of K-West ward found additional alterations in a “garage” of Congress corporator Binita Vora,the ward office sought legal opinion from the BMC’s law department. “We had found additional construction of about 40 sq feet in the garage of the corporator’s house. Although the construction was over and above the approved plan of the structure,we sought legal opinion on the matter,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner V V Shankarwar.

The BMC’s law department first issued a letter on August 1 stating that action could be taken against the unauthorised construction. The letter also said no regularisation proposal could be considered in the matter.

Within two days though,on August 3 opinion,it modified its version,saying,“Since the regularisation proposal is pending,action cannot be initiated at this stage.”

“Earlier,we received a letter from the deputy law officer saying action should be taken and a show-cause be given. But the opinion was later modified,” said Shankarwar.

“Such allegations are the work of some vested interests in the law department. My bungalow is very old and in fact there is extra FSI permissible under the DCR norms which can be utilised for additional construction,” said Binita Vora,Congress corporator from K-west.

Chief Law Officer Uday Kedar refused to comment.

According to a recent affidavit by BMC before the Supreme Court,the city has more than 56,000 illegal buildings,of which the highest number is in Andheri west and east (6,458 and 5,235,respectively).

The BMC had earlier this year appointed 65 designated officers across all the 24 wards to check illegal construction or modifications and put in place penal provisions for officials who overlooked illegal construction.

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