BMC razes industrial units in Kurla despite owners’ appeal in high court | Mumbai News – Times of India | IIT EXPERT



MUMBAI: BMC demolished industrial units at Bharat Coal Compound, Kurla (west) on Saturday, terming the structures ‘unauthorised’, despite owners’ pleas against demolition. The industrial estate has more than 100 units and employs about 5,000 workers.
Owners of nine units were served notices a year ago and had obtained a stay against BMC’s notices. In November, BMC’s L ward served show cause notices for unauthorised construction to 34 units followed by a ‘speaking order’ this February.The unit owners moved high court and were awaiting a hearing this month. However, BMC L ward on Saturday started demolishing units after serving them notices.
“Members of Bharat Coal Compound association had met then municipal commissioner IS Chahal who had assured that no action would be initiated without inspection… there is evidence of the existence of these units before 1961 in tikka sheets of land records too,,,,” said Ashok Shetty, secretary of the association.
Shetty added: “The land has been acquired by a developer and BMC is acting on behalf of the developer and local politicians, despite it being private land. How can the units, which have been running for so many years, become illegal suddenly?”
LV Amin, whose unit was demolished, said “…After I got a notice, I replied to it. However, they did not take into account documents presented by us. …the unit is nowhere near airport boundary.”
BMC’s speaking order to Amin said the structure is in proximity to the airport boundary wall and that the unit had failed to provide documents to prove authorisation for the structure or that the structure existed prior to 1962.





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