Mumbai: Shah Rukh Khan pays BMC Rs 2 lakh for ramp demolition

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has paid the BMC the costs the civic body incurred for demolishing the 'illegal' ramp outside his Bandra bungalow Mannat.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

On Wednesday, Khan's representative met H/west ward official and paid the amount. BMC had given the actor seven days to pay the Rs.1.93 lakh amount, which was going to end on March 12.


The BMC initiated action on February 13 and the demolition was completed in two days. File pic

mid-day was first to report that the civic body had sent the notice on March 5 asking Shah Rukh to pay approximately Rs 2 lakh as the demolition charges within seven days under Section 489(1) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act. The ramp was being used by the actor to park his vanity van.

A senior officer from H/west (Bandra, Khar) on condition of anonymity told mid-day, “We had sent the notice to pay the demolition charge since the ramp was illegal. On Wednesday, some people came from Shah Rukh's house and paid the amount."

Under MMC Act, 489(1) which states that expenses of demolition of the structure should be paid by concerned person since it is illegal.

Controversy

The ramp was used by Shah Rukh to park his vanity van, but several activists and local residents had protested against it, contending that it blocked the way to and from Mount Mary’s Church.

mid-day was the first to report, on February 3, that BJP MP Poonam Mahajan had written a letter to Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, asking him to take action against the illegal ramp.

The H-West ward office had swung into action and issued a notice to the actor, stating that the ramp should be demolished in seven days, or the BMC would take action.

The BMC initiated action on February 13 and the demolition was completed in two days. The demolition was started in the morning with ward officer of H-West, Vijay Kamble, overseeing the work. About 35 MCGM staff, 40 labourers from outside, 6 breakers, generator sets and JCB equipment were used since the ramp was a six-inch thick slab made of concrete.

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