By Accommodation Times News Service
The BMC is bolstering its mechanism to detect and demolish unauthorized construction or alterations in a building or apartment by appointing a special team of empowered officials and making them personally responsible. From next month at least 65 engineers across all 24 administrative wards in the city will keep an eye on under-construction buildings and even existing houses for signs of transgressions, issues notices and ensure demolition of unauthorized constructions in a time-bound manner. These officials fail to demolish unauthorized constructions after they have been detected in their wards, the civic body can slap a fine of Rs 10,000 or send them to prison for three months.
All this has been made possible by amendments made in the Maharashtra regional Town Planning Act and the BMC Act by the state government last year. On the basis of the amendments a circular will be sent to the removal of encroachment building proposal and buildings and factories departments of the BMC. Additional Municipal Commissioner, Mohan Adtani said, the role of the assistant engineers is to detect unauthorized constructions issue notices as per provisions of law, hear the parties pass an order if any structure is unauthorized and subsequently demolish it. An office will be charged with dereliction of the duty if it’s seen that transgressions have come to the notice of the designated officer and yet no action has been initiated. Adding further he said there will be self-detection as well as representation from citizens and activists. The assistants will be having full power to decide whether a structure is authorized or not and then pass an order. He will then seek assistance and machinery for demolition.
Whatever is not permitted by the building proposal department becomes an unauthorized construction. The removal of encroachment department will check whether the constructions are in accordance with permissions granted or not. The assistant engineers will be informed accordingly. He said illegal floor can be regularized by paying a penalty. If the construction isn’t in accordance with the permissions granted, it cannot be regularized. But BNC will not action against buildings coming up under the purview of the slum rehabilitation authority and the MMRDA.