Ho­tels with il­le­gal ex­ten­sions to face civic body ac­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The anti-en­croach­ment cell of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), which has been tak­ing ac­tion against en­croach­ments, is now tar­get­ing ho­tels and eater­ies un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion.

Twenty-four en­gi­neers have been put on task force, in­clud­ing 16 of­fi­cers from the town plan­ning depart­ment and eight from the anti-en­croach­ment cell, to sur­vey 255 ho­tels, food joints, bars and resto-bars un­der the NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion.

As per the of­fi­cials, the depart­ment be­gan its one-month sur­vey from May 27 af­ter or­ders from the new civic com­mis­sioner. “We have been raz­ing il­le­gal en­croach­ments and we are sure that we will be able to en­sure an en­croach­ment-free city,” said Kailash Gaik­wad, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, en­croach­ment depart­ment of NMMC.

Of­fi­cials from the en­croach­ment depart­ment said that during the sur­vey the present struc­tures will be com­pared with the ap­proved plan of con­struc­tion and if any changes are found, it would note the de­tails.

“Twenty-four en­gi­neers have be­gun the sur­vey work. We will com­pare the struc­tural plan as per our records and if any il­le­gal changes have been made, it would be recorded and proper re­port would be sub­mit­ted to the higher of­fi­cials,” said Gaik­wad.

“We will then serve no­tices to the er­rant ho­tels and eater­ies to redo it to the orig­i­nal struc­ture within a stip­u­lated time. If they fail to do so, we will take de­mol­ish the il­le­gal struc­ture,” he added.

The civic body in a re­cent joint drive with Cidco de­mol­ished around 591 il­le­gal hut­ments in two slum ar­eas — Tatana­gar in CBD Be­la­pur and Gandhi Na­gar in Nerul last week. A huge plot was cleared of over 375 shanties at Tata Na­gar, which had come up ad­ja­cent to Konkan Bha­van and was ob­struct­ing con­struc­tion work of Be­la­pur metro work.


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