Mumbai witnesses a rise in unauthorised constructions with 76,491 complaints in 32 months

While the municipal corporation has received an unbelievably vast number of complaints, BMC has only looked into 4,866 complaints and taken action against the unauthorised construction

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For several years, Mumbai has faced the issue of unauthorised constructions across the city and yet, the authorities seem to have no interest in taking action for the complaints filed against the accused. In a recent report, it was found out that in the past 32 months, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had received 76,491 complaints regarding unauthorised buildings.

While the municipal corporation received an unbelievably vast number of complaints, BMC has only looked into 4,866 complaints and taken action against the unauthorised construction.

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The information was received by Right To Information (RTI) activist Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh who had filed an RTI application to find out about the online complaints (RETMS) filed to the municipal corporation between March 1, 2016, and 19 October 2018. The ward with most complaints, ‘L Ward’ has only taken action against 182 parties whereas the ward has around 7,008 complaints.

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The report further stated that every year, the municipal corporation issues notice for around 15,000 unauthorised buildings but takes action against only 10-20 per cent of the total illegal construction sites. While the unauthorised sites may mask themselves as flagbearers of progress and try to display it as a sign of development, the sites have been a danger for people. One of the burning examples for the same is Kamala Mills Compound which affected the lives of people adversely.

Therefore, Shaikh has written letters to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta asking them to take immediate action against the unauthorised buildings.

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