BMC de­mol­ishes 21 il­le­gal struc­tures in Ban­dra

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In an at­tempt to free some space for pedes­tri­ans, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( BMC) on Sat­ur­day de­mol­ished 21 struc­tures erected il­le­gally around the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mag­is­trate Court in Ban­dra.

This was the civic body’s third de­mo­li­tion drive in the west­ern sub­ur­ban re­gion of Ban­dra in the last two months.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior civic of­fi­cial, “The de­mo­li­tion drive was nec­es­sary as the il­le­gal struc­tures have been there for a very long time. We had re­ceived a lot of com­plaints re­gard­ing the mat­ter. No­tices were is­sued to own- ers of the 21 struc­tures to va­cate the area. They, how­ever, failed to va­cate the premises by the dead­line. So, we had to go and on carry out the de­mo­li­tion.”

Most struc­tures were shops and tea- stalls op­er­at­ing from the foot­path en­velop­ing the court premise, s near the West­ern Ex­press High­way ( WEH).

“The stall own­ers were ob­ject­ing. With the help of the lo­cal po­lice, how­ever, we were able to dis­perse the crowd and carry out the drive,” the of­fi­cer added.

In July year, the civic body had razed 25 il­le­gally con­structed res­i­den­tial struc­tures in the same area. Most struc­tures sported around two to three storeys.

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