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BMC issues notice to Kangana Ranaut for ‘illegal’ construction in Mumbai office

According to BMC officials, there is an illegal extension in her office, and a team from the Building Proposal department has inspected the premises to check the deviations from approved plans. As per the authorities, Ranaut's office is listed as a residential property in their records.

Written by Laxman Singh | Mumbai | Updated: September 8, 2020 12:58:27 pm
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued a notice to actor Kangana Ranaut for alleged illegal construction in her office at Pali Hill in Bandra West. On Tuesday morning, a team of BMC officers from the H-west ward (Bandra) visited Ranaut’s office at Pali Hill in Bandra west to hand over the notice. However, the staff present there refused to accept the copy following which civic staff pasted it outside her office.

The notice was issued a day after BMC officials visited the office. A notice issued under the section 354(A) of Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, to stop the ongoing work inside the premises and produce the permissions for the illegal constructions. The BMC has given actor 24-hrs time to file a reply with documentary evidence.

“We have served a notice to Ranaut to submit documentary evidence and permissions regarding illegal constructions. If she failed to file a reply within 24-hrs we will initiate action of demolition of illegal extensions, “said Vinayak Vispute, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, H-west ward (Bandra west).

According to the notice, the ongoing renovation and finishing work was found unauthorised inside the bungalow. Some of the alleged illegal construction work includes converting a toilet at the ground floor into an office, construction of kitchen inside storeroom, new toilets have been constructed near storeroom, conversion of the balcony into habitable area, merging of one bungalow into other, and extension of third floor. Ranaut had purchased this bungalow in 2017 and she had done renovation in January this year. As per the authorities, Ranaut’s office is listed as a residential property in their records.

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Reacting to the notice, Ranaut tweeted, “Because of the criticism that @mybmc received from my friends on social media, they didn’t come with a bulldozer today instead stuck a notice to stop leakage work that is going on in the office, friends I may have risked a lot but I find immense love and support from you all.”

Meanwhile, in a fresh move the BMC has also filed a reply in Dindoshi Court to vacate the stay order from demolition notice given to Ranaut for illegal construction in her house at Khar Road. In 2018, the BMC had issued a demolition notices to the actor under the MR&TP act for unauthorized construction exceeding FSI. However, notice was stayed by Dindoshi Court after Ranaut challenged it. Official said that once stay is vacated we will initiate demolition. Earlier, a BMC team had visited the actor’s bungalow to check the illegal construction on Monday.

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The development also comes in the wake of spat between Ranaut and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut after the actress compared Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

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