Sachin Tendulkar may have realised a long-cherished dream of owning a house,but he is yet to obtain an occupancy certificate (OC) from the civic body.
According to a BMC official,the cricketer will have to pay a penalty as he flouted the rules by moving into the house without getting the certificate. The fine is Rs 50 per sq m of the carpet area and Sachin might have to shell out around Rs 40,000.
Tendulkars new bungalow is situated on 19,Perry Cross Road in suburban Bandra.
We have not given the OC to Tendulkar. It is still under process and will take at least 10 days. Till we receive all the documents and audit charges from him,we cant issue the OC, said Chief Engineer (development planning) Rajesh Kukunoor.
According to the BMCs rule,one cannot enter a flat or a building for which an OC has not been procured. If he starts staying in the house before obtaining an OC,we do impose penalty on him. These are occupancy charges, he said.
It was wrong (on Tendulkars part) to perform a grihapravesh if the corporation has not certified the building fit for human habitation, another official said.
Mayor Shraddha Jadhav said there cannot be exceptions to the rule. The law is the same for everybody,be it a bigwig or a commoner, she said.