The state has directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to amend the Development Control (DC) rules to protect 269 illegal police chowkies.
In September, the Bombay High Court had given the BMC six months — till February — to demolish all illegal police chowkies. The BMC made a proposal amending the DC rules to protect police chowkies and submitted it to the state. The state cleared it in August 2008 and it is now before the Civic Improvement Committee.
Chief Engineer Ashok Shintre, Development Plan Department who made proposal, said: “The police chowkies will be protected under the new amendment of DC rule. We will invite suggestions/objections from the public.”
The proposal said the police chowkies and other public service structures will be allowed with conditions. The conditions are that the maximum area shall be 20 sq m and that “such structures shall not be allowed on the carriageway of any road and may be allowed on the footpath by leaving a minimum of five ft for pedestrian movement”.
Shailesh Phanse, chairman of Civic Improvement Committee said: “We will take this proposal in the February meeting as tomorrow’s meeting will be adjourned.”