Mumbai: 'Regularise illegal lofts in municipal markets'

Nov 04, 2018, 08:00 IST | Chetna Yerunkar

In a letter written to the administration, he has cited the example of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, popularly known as Crawford Market, where about 488 units have lofts or storage places

Mumbai: 'Regularise illegal lofts in municipal markets'
A representation image of Crawford Market

Haji Halim Khan, chairman of markets committee and a Shiv Sena corporator, wants to regularise illegally constructed lofts and mezzanine floors in municipal markets. He claims this will increase the civic body's revenue by over Rs 4 crore.

In a letter written to the administration, he has cited the example of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, popularly known as Crawford Market, where about 488 units have lofts or storage places.

There are 93 municipal markets in the city. According to the policy, BMC can charge 40 per cent rent on mezzanine space or lofts. Simply by enforcing the policy, the BMC can increase its income instead of incurring losses, he states. He says, "There are over 10,000 units that have [such] lofts. Our inspectors are very well aware of it but don't act on it." Despite several attempts to reach assistant municipal commissioner of markets department, Sangeeta Hasnale, she could not be traced for a comment.

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