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  • Pearl - Karmayog
    Jun 25, 2014
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      Source: Times of India
      Date: 8.6.14
       

      Illegal construction: BMC staff suspended for turning blind eye

       

       

      MUMBAI: The BMC has suspended two civic officials for three days and constituted an inquiry against them for trying to protect an illegal construction atMaulana Azad Road in south Mumbai. It has also emerged that the Shankarlok building that collapsed in Vakola this March, killing seven people, was due to illegal construction and poor maintenance.

       

      In the south Mumbai case, assistant municipal commissioner of C-ward Sangeeta Hasnale has suspended a supervisor and junior engineer not taking adequate action against the illegal structure and not showing her the site. The cessed building was being reconstructed and permission was taken for only one floor, but the developers constructed two illegal floors. Hasnale has also initiated action against Mhada for submitting misleading documents about the structure to the BMC.

       

      "Mhada is at fault, their officials gave us in writing that there is nothing illegal happening at the site," said Hasnale.

       

      Following the inquiry, further action will be taken against the two suspended civic officials.

       

      In the Shankarlok case, probe has revealed that the developer had built up to six-storey without permission and never carried out its maintenance after he bought the property in 1994, home minister R R Patil said in his written reply to the state legislative council on Saturday during question hour.

       

      According to him, since the collapse was not related to damages due to natural calamities, there was no provision of compensation to the victims.