Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claims of facing shortage of space to rehabilitate commercial project affected persons (PAPs), it has come to light that 20 of its 91 market buildings have been allotted on a rental basis and are in the possession of the election commission, MMRDA and other departments of the civic body.
The recent data of the BMC’s Markets department has revealed that of the 91 markets across the city meant to rehabilitate commercial PAPs, 20 were being used by other agencies as their respective offices. Of the 20 buildings, around four were being used by MMRDA and election commission, six by different BMC departments, including Land Acquisition department, and the remaining 10 have been allotted to various agencies on rent-agreement basis.
“The space or the floors used by other agencies in market buildings can be allotted to commercial PAPs. There is no timeline for which these spaces have been rented to other agencies,” said Govind Nadar, an activist and a shopkeeper in Andheri.
BMC markets at J B Nagar Andheri, Oshiwara- Millat Nagar, Sonapur lane in Kurla, 90 Feet Road in Kurla, Sodawala lane in Goregaon, Link Road in Malad, Deshmukh layout in Dahisar, Mandapeshwar Navagaon in Dahisar and the one in Powai, were allotted to various agencies on rent after inviting tenders.
Sanjay Kurhade, assistant municipal commissioner (markets), said: “These offices have been used by other agencies and BMC’s land acquisition department. As of now there is no timeline. There are no issue with rehabilitation of commercial PAPs. Remaining 71 markets have been already allotted to various commercial PAPs.”