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BMC orders Vakola building to be cut to size

The civic body had issued a notice against developers of Dream House building, to be demolished before April 22, but no action has been taken so far

Even after incidents of building collapse at Dockyard and Vakola, developers choose to turn a blind eye when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) directs them to vacate dilapidated buildings or points out illegal and unauthorised construction.

The seven-storey Dream House building violates fire safety norms and does not have an occupation certificate
The seven-storey Dream House building violates fire safety norms and does not have an occupation certificate

Case in point is another building at Vakola, Santacruz (east) called Dream House. The civic body had issued a notice to the developer, Mohammed Qureshi to demolish the unauthorised structure and restore it according to the approved plan.

The structure has been built higher than its planned height and violates fire safety norms. Moreover, similar to Shankarlok building that collapsed in Vakola, Dream House building does not have the occupation certificate.

While the notice was issued on March 2, ordering the developer to demolish the building by April 22, no action has been taken yet.

The activist who received the information through an RTI, on request of anonymity, said, “I have been following up with the BMC on this issue for almost a year now. It was only taken seriously about a month back when they issued the notice.

The builder is fooling the residents and authorities need to take action against it. The Dream House building was supposed to be 74 meters, which they have ignored. Even the gallery and compound wall is against the approved plan.”

BMC Speak
SR Kalbaskar, building and estate department officer of H east ward said, “We have issued a notice to the developer to demolish and restore the building as there were irregularities in the structure.”

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