12 ho­tels face NMMC heat over ex­ten­sions

NO­TICES SENT Civic body says eater­ies have en­croached spa­ces around their premises, files af­fi­davit in high court

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The NMMC is all set to take ac­tion against 12 ho­tels in the city that have en­croached ar­eas around its premises and are al­legedly us­ing it for com­mer­cial pur­pose.

On Thurs­day, it sub­mit­ted an af­fi­davit in the high court.

NMMC has told the court that no­tices have been is­sued t o ho­tel own­ers. Once t he replies are re­ceived, the il­le­gal con­struc­tions and en­croach­ments will be de­mol­ished. It is ex­pected to be done within a week.

T here are a num­ber of ho­tels and restau­rants in the city, which have taken over the ar­eas around them.

Some­time back the ho­tel own­ers had ap­proached MLA Manda Mha­tre and with her help sought per­mis­sion to use marginal space from NMMC. Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare had then granted per­mis­sion, how­ever the per­mis­sion was can­celled fol­low­ing op­po­si­tion by the res­i­dents.

Il­le­gal con­struc­tions and en­croach­ments seem to have be­come the or­der of the day in the city. Al­le­ga­tions are be­ing made that some lo­cal ward of­fi­cers and cor­po­ra­tors turn a blind eye to the en­croach­ments by the ho­tel own­ers.

The space that is nec­es­sary for res­cue op­er­a­tions dur­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and emer­gen­cies has been taken over by many hoteliers.

With the of­fi­cials pa­tron­iz­ing such restau­rants and ho­tels, the anti- en­croach­ment squad can take lit­tle ac­tion against them.

No­tices to the restau­rants have come only af­ter a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion was filed on the is­sue. Two of­fi­cials too have been ap­pointed to in­quiry into the mat­ter.

The no­tices given to t he hoteliers ended on Tues­day, how­ever, since the af­fi­davit had to be filed by Fe­bru­ary 18 in the Bom­bay high court, NMMC has stated that it has is­sued no­tices.

It has as­sured that ac­tion will be taken once the replies are re­ceived.

It is hence ex­pected that NMMC will act against the ho­tels next week.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “We are ex­pect­ing replies soon from the 12 ho­tels to which no­tices have been is­sued. They have been given a chance to have their say, as laid down in the law.”

He added, “Be­sides, we have two of­fi­cials per­son­ally in­spect­ing the ho­tels. Ac­cord­ingly, an ac­tion plan will be read­ied in the next week.”

The ho­tel man­age­ments have re­fused to speak but stated that they will fol­low the rule of law. They said they will fol­low up on their de­mands with the au­thor­i­ties.


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