MUMBAI: Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma is not the only one in the city to have violated the floor space index (FSI) and other building rules. For, 14,000 complaints about such violations have been pending with the BMC for months. And the civic body is set to take action against them.
During the monthly meeting on Saturday, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta directed officials to act on these complaints in phases. The officials have been asked to first act against commercial establishments that had committed FSI violations, then against residential properties. In the second phase, officials will first act against commercial establishments that have made illegal alterations and then against residential premises.
Officials said they received 14,000 complaints in the past few months. These complaints are pending as no one is interested in acting on them, the officials said. After Sharma controversy raked up the issues of such violations, the civic chief decided to focus on pending complaints. Recently, Sharma kicked up a storm when he claimed on Twitter that BMC officials demanded Rs 5 lakh bribe from him to make his office. The tweet said, “I am paying 15 cr income tax from last 5 years n still I have to pay 5 lacs bribe to BMC office for making my office @narendramodi.”
The government machinery swung into action to probe the allegation. However, Sharma failed to produce evidence to support his allegation. But the BMC found that Sharma had violated several rules in his office at Versova and violated FSI rules in his flat at Goregaon. The BMC filed a case against him for the violations in his Goregaon flat. The Andheri tehsil office also filed a case against him for destruction of mangroves in the backyard of his Versova bungalow.
Credits ET Realty