After his meeting with Kunte, Merchant said, “The commissioner was shocked to know that the officials neglected these complaints and mislead him. He has promised action.”
Kunte told HT that he was waiting for a report by the deputy municipal commissioner. “After that action will be taken against the officials concerned,” he said.
The BMC had earlier said that they received only one complaint from the residents of the buildings about an illegal hoarding. However, the documents that Merchant showed the civic commissioner showed that all the issues were mentioned in the complaint.
“We want the civic officials to be arrested,” said Merchant, adding, “I can only hope that the BMC commissioner will initiate strict action.”
Merchant had been writing to the BMC regarding an illegal structure behind the building, a hoarding on the terrace and alterations made to the basement of the building since 2008.