To al­low new build­ings, BMC to file de­bris mgmt re­port to SC to­mor­row

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Vi­jayV.Singh@ times­

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.

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