BMC razes unau­tho­rised por­tion of Leopold Cafe

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The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) on Wed­nes­day pulled down the unau­tho­rised por­tions of the iconic Leopold Cafe in Co­laba Cause­way. The de­ci­sion was taken af­ter the cafe failed to sub­mit a copy of the per­mis­sion sought by the civic body.

Ki­ran Dighavkar, As­sis­tant Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner, ‘A’ ward, said the move was nec­es­sary be­cause the es­tab­lish­ment did not seek any per­mis­sion and nei­ther did the own­ers fur­nish any re­ply. “The ad­min­is­tra­tion had writ­ten to the es­tab­lish­ment and gave 24 hours to ei­ther stop the work or seek nec­es­sary per­mis­sion. We did not re­ceive any re­ply and the work that was car­ried out was unau­tho­rised, so it re­quired to be de­mol­ished,” he said. He also added that the re­pair work was ob­struct­ing the foot­path out­side the cafe and posed a dan­ger to pedes­tri­ans.

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) on Tues­day had served a no­tice un­der Sec­tion 354 (A) of the Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Act 1888, to the owner of the Leopold Cafe in Co­laba Cause­way af­ter civic of­fi­cials found slabs be­ing placed at the canopy level above the pedes­trian foot­path of the cafe with­out its per­mis­sion.

On Wed­nes­day, a por­tion of the un­der-con­struc­tion slab was pulled down. De­mo­li­tion con­tin­ued on Thurs­day as six labour­ers were en­gaged in raz­ing the slab with the help of re­quired arse­nal when Free Press Jour­nal vis­ited the site. De­spite re­peated at­tempts to trace a spokesper­son of Leopold Cafe, he was not avail­able.

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