Hotels with illegal extensions to face civic body action
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.
THE PRESENT STRUCTURES WILL BE COMPARED WITH THE APPROVED PLAN OF CONSTRUCTION DURING THE SURVEY