BMC demolishes illegal structure on government land in Mulund

Local Congress leader and former corporator, Suniil Gangwaanii brought the unauthorised development to the notice of the authorities

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities demolished one of several illegal structures that have been constructed on a piece of government land in Mulund's Hindustan Colony. Reason, it was built on the land that had been reserved as recreational ground according to Development Plan 2034. Local Congress leader and former corporator, Suniil Gangwaanii brought the unauthorised development to the notice of the authorities and alleged that the activities were carried out with knowledge of former BJP legislator Sardar Tara Singh.

Gangwaanii further claimed that the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) built a cultural centre including an Arya Samaj temple along with a community hall, on the plot using money provided from the MLA's local area development fund.

Meanwhile, Kishore Gandhi, assistant municipal commissioner, T Ward, told Mumbai Mirror that Arya Samaj community was granted permission to construct on an area of 100 square feet. But during a recent inspection, the civic body learned that the total area of construction spanned 3,600 square feet.

He added that they also found a family living in one of the structures. After which, a notice was issued to them and they were provided with the option to either produce documents proving they owned to property or vacate the building.

He further said that as per BMC records, the permission to build and later repair a structure 25x40 square feet was given to the community in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He said that BMC found that the structures were not sanctioned and therefore, they have started demolishing the unauthorised constructions. One of them has been razed and the due process will be carried out soon. In the meantime, the civic body has sent notices for the remaining structures.

The land is earmarked as recreational ground and thus, there are plans for building a garden or an open space by the corporation.

Mumbai Mirror contacted Tara Singh but he refused having any links with the plot. He also denied of having knowledge about the demolition activity.

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