The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation started the process of demolishing four illegal floors of a six-storey building, Shanidev, in Colaba Monday.
The A-Ward officials initiated the demolition following the lifting of a stay ordered by the City Civil Court. The exercise will take around eight days to complete. Officials said owner of the structure had submitted fake documents to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority and illegally constructed additional floors on the pretext of carrying out repairs.
“The building was allowed to be a single-storey structure. However, the owner applied to MHADA for permissions for repairs and illegally constructed additional floors,” said Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighavkar. He said the BMC had issued a stop work notice in 2014 after noticing the illegal construction.
“The construction work continued and the owner did not submit any reply. When we inquired about the permissions given by MHADA, we came to know that the owner had submitted illegal documents and had sought permissions to repair a six-storey building instead. There was no structural consultant and no plans had been approved before additional floors were constructed on top of a cessed building,” said a civic official.
In 2015, a complaint was registered at the Colaba police station and the matter went to the City Civil Court, which had given the owner a month to produce the documents. “We have started demolishing the terrace and we will complete the process in the next eight days,” said the official.