The BMC carried out demolition of unauthorized interior work in the Santacruz area last week, one of which happened to be that of veteran actor Anil Kapoor’s 2,500-square-foot office in Santacruz West.
The glass-and- wood cabins and cubicles built inside the actor’s office were unauthorized. In all, the BMC’s H-West Ward staff razed unauthorized interior work done at four premises in Savoy Chambers, including the actor’s office, on Friday. The six-storey commercial building is situated on Dattatray Road in Hasmukh Nagar, Santacruz.
Documents show that on September 8, a notice was served on the four offices under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP) 1956, over the interior works. Subsequently, on October 16, an order was issued to the four occupants, stating that they had not replied to the notices or submitted any documents to prove authorization of work. The order stated that while inspecting the premises, civic staff had observed “that you have still not reinstated the work as per the approved plan”.
Ikhlaq Dabbawala, who has a car-dealer’s office on the fourth floor, alleged that most occupants had were guilty of encroachment of open spaces, and even the builder had rented out parts of the podium and basement parking.
“The BMC had selectively carried out demolitions in the past too. When I raised the issue, they demolished an awning that I had put up outside my fourth-floor office,” said Dabbawala, who complained about it to top civic officers and even sought information under the Right to Information Act. “Through RTI, I learnt that the BMC had served notices to several occupants for extentions. Some had even carried out unauthorized RCC construction in the offices.”
Sharad Ughade, assistant municipal commissioner, H-West Ward, said, “Four structures were partly demolished following due process of law. Besides, a car showroom on the second floor that was issued a stop-work notice, was razed too.” He said Kapoor’s office had unauthorized “full height partitions. These can be regularized but no application was made to the BMC for it,” he added.