The Navi Mumbai Municipal corporation (NMMC) has issued showcause notices to three well-known engineering colleges for operating from buildings without occupancy certificate (OC). If the colleges fail to reply to the notice within 15 days, the civic body will charge the management of the three colleges Rs 500 per sq feet as fine.
Acting on a complaint by an NGO, Citizens Forum for Sanctity in Educational System (CFSES), the assistant director of town planning (ADTP) of NMMC issued a showcause notice on January 10 to NYSS’s Datta Meghe College of Engineering at Airoli, Indira Gandhi College of Engineering and Lokmanya College of Engineering at Khoparkhairne for allegedly operating from buildings without possessing an OC.
NYSS’s Datta Meghe college of engineering is run by the family trust of former Congress leader Datta Raghobaji Meghe, while Indira Gandhi College of Engineering is run by a Trust founded and run by former MP Vithalrao M Jadhav.
“We have asked the colleges to stop operating from the premises till they get an OC,” said Prakash Thakur, ADTP of NMMC.
“The three colleges openly flout norms,” said Sanjay Kelkar, a member of CFSES.
Sudhir Savarkar, principal of Datta Meghe, said, “We have part OC and had applied for an OC last year. However, we did not submit a few documents till December 13. We expect to get the OC soon.”
Dr Vivek Sunnapawar, principal of Lokmanya Tilak College of Engineering, claimed the college had not received any showcause notice regarding the matter. “We are expecting to get the OC soon,” said Sunnapawar.
Dr Uttam Kolekar, principal of Indira Gandhi College of Engineering, was unavailable for comment.