The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) served a notice to Dev Land Housing (DLH) Private Limited, the developer on the radar for violations in a building in Goregaon which houses actor Kapil Sharma, in June for alleged alterations in an 11-storey tower in JVPD, Andheri.
Film-maker and social activist Ashoke Pandit, along with the residents of Leena Residency on Gulmohar Road, Andheri, had complained that the builder had encroached upon the 11th floor terrace, which was meant to be for the society’s use, based on which the notice was issued under section 53 of the Mumbai Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP).
The society underwent redevelopment in 2013 and the DLH handed over flats to residents in 2015. “The builder has encroached upon the basement by creating a room for help and toilets. A huge neon signboard has been put atop the building without the society’s permission. The developer made alterations on the 10th and 11th floors, in complete contravention of the plan,” said a resident, requesting anonymity.
In the notice, a copy of which is with HT, the K/West ward (includes Andheri) has asked the developer to restore the premises according to the approved plans “in one month” or face prosecution.
Pandit, who has also written to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta said the BMC has not acted on the notice since June. “It is shocking that the building got an occupation certificate (OC), despite the violations. There should be strict action against officials involved in giving the OC. People who bought homes based on the OC will face the trouble now,” Pandit said.
Parag Masurkar, assistant commissioner of the K/West ward, said he will comment on the matter after looking into the case. Vijay Thakkar, chairman of the DLH group asked HT to call back twice, but failed to comment.
DLH is currently under the scanner for its building in Goregaon, where Sharma and Irrfan Khan own flats. The BMC served a notice to the developer for MRTP violations at the 18-storey DLH Enclave. Sharma and Khan were also issued notices for violations. The Mumbai police on Monday registered an FIR against Sharma for violations in his ninth floor flat.