Soon, no BMC nod needed for changes to your flat

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faisal Ma­lik­lik@hin­dus­tan­

You will soon no longer need the civic body’s per­mis­sion to make lay­out changes in your flat. The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) is plan­ning to do away with the manda­tory nod that flat own­ers need be­fore mak­ing struc­tural changes in their apart­ments. The move is ex­pected to bring re­lief to lakhs of Mum­bai­ites, who will only have to in­form the civic body about the change that they in­tend to make.

The pro­posal will be part of the new Development Con­trol Rules (DCR) to be pub­lished by the BMC this month, said civic chief Ajoy Me­hta. The civic body is also tak­ing steps to make build­ing per­mis­sions trans­par­ent to weed out cor­rup­tion and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

“Per­mis­sion [from BMC] will not be needed if struc­tural stability of the flat is not af­fected. It means if the de­sired changes in the lay­out do not af­fect pil­lars and col­umns of the flat, then the BMC per­mis­sion will not re­main manda­tory,” said Me­hta, while ad­dress­ing the ‘ Ma­ha­rash­tra In­vest­ment Sem­i­nar’, jointly or­gan­ised by the state gov­ern- ment and Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII), on Wed­nes­day.

Me­hta said sim­i­lar rules will be made ap­pli­ca­ble in case of re­pair work as well. “How­ever, if the owner de­sires to move the kitchen or toi­let from its ex­ist­ing place in­side the flat, then he will need to ob­tain prior per­mis­sion from the hous­ing so­ci­ety,” he said. >> CON­TIN­UED ON P10

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