Two residential buildings in Jogeshwari (West) have come under the scanner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for illegally digging a borewell without seeking the civic body’s permission. The borewell construction accidentally damaged an underlying pipeline carrying fresh drinking water, thereby making several societies handicapped for over a week now.
On Thursday, Leader of the House Trushna Vishwasrao demanded strict action against the two residential buildings located on Bandiwali Hill Road. “They have gone ahead with the borewell construction and not bothered to take appropriate permissions. The two buildings must be penalised,” Vishwasrao said during the Corporation meeting at the BMC.
According to the norms laid down by the BMC, residents wishing to construct borewell for a particular building will have to provide the building plan and the geographical location of the place where the borewell is planned for seeking an approval. In this case, the two buildings did not approach the civic body for any permissions. During the borewell construction, the tunnel housing the water pipeline from Verawali to Versova was damaged reportedly leading to leakage and water contamination.
Mayor Sneha Ambekar announced Thursday that an FIR had been registered against the two buildings and “investigations are under way to asses the damage”.
In April 2010, following the death of three persons after they fell into a borewell, BMC had made it mandatory to take its permission before digging a borewell. According to civic officials, permissions was also necessary to avoid possible damages to tunnels, sewerage lines, and other utilities passing below the ground level. In 2010, a Malad resident had illegally constructed a borewell and caused massive damage in a water tunnel passing underneath the ground.