To allow new buildings, BMC to file debris mgmt report to SC tomorrow
Mumbai: The BMC has decided not to issue permission for new constructions as the Supreme Court’s six-month stay on the Bombay high court ban on new constructions in Mumbai ended on Sunday. The civic body will file an affidavit in the apex court along with a compliance report on Tuesday and request it for further direction.
The BMC’s compliance report will mention the number of permissions issued in the last six months, the number of construction and debris dumping sites examined by the civic body and the action taken against errant builders. Of the total permissions issued for debris dumping in the last six months, around 10 % are related to new constructions and the rest for old ongoing building works.
In the last six months, builders have submitted details of 15 sites for dumping their construction debris—all are outside of the city limits. By Saturday, 11of these sites were full of debris. Many builders have complained to the BMC that searching for dumping sites was very difficult.
Asenior civic official said, “We don’t want to interpret the apex court order (in any manner) and will not issue new permissions till further direction. On Tuesday, we are filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court asking for further direction.”
In March, 2016, the high court had imposed a ban on all new constructions, except redevelopment and slum rehabilitation schemes, as the city’s landfills were saturated. Subsequently, the concerned parties approached the Supreme Court for relief. On March 16, 2018, the SC granted a conditional relief for six months.
One of the conditions was that the BMC should, while issuing preliminary permission (intimation of disapproval, or IOD) make it mandatory for builders to identify sites for dumping the debris generated during excavation work or building construction and repair work.
Builders need to get an NOC from landowner mentioning the amount of debris to be dumped and submit these details to BMC to get permission. The BMC issues permission after examining the sites. The BMC also puts the dumping site details on its website so that other builders searching for a dumping ground could also benefit.