Illegal lift at Wankhede demolished

With Mumbai Cricket Association failing to demolish a lift that was being constructed at the Wankhede Stadium without the mandatory BMC permission,the civic body on Thursday started the process of bringing it down by cutting its iron girders.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 13, 2012 3:39:43 am

With Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) failing to demolish a lift that was being constructed at the Wankhede Stadium without the mandatory BMC permission,the civic body on Thursday started the process of bringing it down by cutting its iron girders. On Wednesday,the civic body had issued a showcause notice to MCA,giving it 24 hours to remove the girders.

The lift was being built for the three corporate boxes above the MCA Pavillion owned by Reliance Industries Limited.

Additional municipal commissioner (city division) Mohan Adtani said the MCA failed to submit the required architectural plans needed to regularise the lift. “On Thursday,officials from BMC’s A ward cut the iron girders that were installed to build the lift. About 25 per cent of the work is done and the remaining will be done on Friday,” he said. The demolition was scheduled for April 3 but as the civic body officials didn’t get police protection it had to be postponed.

On April 4,the MCA wrote to assistant municipal commissioner of A ward stating that they have approached the Building Proposal department for the required permissions and hence be given a few days’ times. However,on April 7,MCA’s joint secretary Nitin Dalal wrote a letter to the department asking for permissions without attaching the necessary enclosures of the blue print,architect’s design and plan of the structural alterations. The A ward office,on Wednesday replied to the letter saying that the correct procedure was not followed and that the illegal structure needed to be removed with in 24 hours or else it will be demolished on Friday.

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