Two years after the BMC issued notice to politicians residing in Worli’s Shubhada-Sukhada co-operative housing societies, the civic body will finally raze the illegal alterations undertaken on the ground and first floors of the buildings on February 10.
Top politicians such as late BJP leader Gopinath Munde, former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, former forest minister Patangrao Kadam, former food and civil supplies minister Anil Deshmukh, his son Salil Deshmukh, governor of Punjab Shivraj Patil, state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, NCP vice president Anna Dange, former minister of state Pratapsingh Mohite Patil, former state Congress chief Ranjit Deshmukh are members of the society.
Around 25 members of the 14-storeyed Sukhada and 32-storeyed Shubhada have allegedly violated the rules. Of them, 12 have complied with the BMC rules. The civic body had earlier issued notices under Section 53 (1) of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP) for converting convenience stores into offices and gymnasium.
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A civic official from the G/South ward office, who did wish to be named, said, “We will be conducting an inspection again on Tuesday and in case members haven’t complied with the BMC’s rules, the additional alterations will be razed immediately. There was a delay in the process because we did not receive police protection earlier and had to submit a proper plan to receive help from the personnel,” The official, however, did not reveal the names of the members who have compiled with the rules.
The ward office has also sought police protection from the Worli police. Around 40 police officials will be present on the spot on Tuesday. The civic body conducted two inspections earlier in December to flag illegal alterations in the structures. BMC began its inspection of the high profile buildings after receiving complaints from social activists in the area in 2013.