The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, also known as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has served a notice to Yash Raj Films for carrying out unauthorised constructions in its Andheri studio.
As per the BMC officials, the studio management has made a number of changes and even enclosed a basement without necessary approvals, a potential invitation to mishaps like fire. Yash Raj Films has now been asked to demolish the illegal extensions. If the studion management fails to act, the BMC will step in and undertake demolitions on its own.
The iconic Yash Raj studio, pioneered by legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra, is located at Veera Desai road in Andheri.The studio has several multi-storeyed buildings, including offices.
The BMC had received complaints about irregularities on the studio premises and wrote to the management about it. An inspection by a civic team last month confirmed unauthorised alterations and constructions on the premises.
According to a notice served by the BMC to buildings nos. 1 and 2 under section 53 (1) of MRTP Act on March 6, the studio has unauthorised partitions made of glass and plywood right from the ground to the fourth floor, and also the service floor. Besides, the basement is being used for storage, which is in contravention of the studio’s Occupation Certificate.
The relevant section of the MRTP Act states that in case of such violations, the owner has to restore the structure as per approved plans or apply to the building proposals department for regularisation.
“We have served them a notice because such alterations can pose as fire hazard. The basement cannot be used for storage. We hope they will remove the alterations or we will demolish them,” said Prashant Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner of K-West ward.
The BMC has become cautious about illegal constructions especially after the fire in the Kamala Mills compound that killed 14 people. A fire had recently broken out at Cinevista studio in Kanjurmarg, killing one person.