The state legislative Assembly on Friday passed a bill to amend the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Act giving tenants of the dilapidated buildings power to redevelop or repair their tenaments, if the landlord, builder or the civic body has delayed it for more than a year.
The state government also decided to initiate an inquiry against the BMC officials responsible for delay in permitting redevelopment. The decision came after legislators alleged that the officers deliberately avoid granting permission to favour the builders.
Minister of state for urban development Ranjit Patil told the legislative Assembly that a strict action would be taken against such officials. The Assembly on Friday passed the bill amending the BMC Act by introducing section 499 (2) that would let tenants opt for redevelopment. The tenants have been given repair rights for old buildings in section 499 (1).
The government had assured of amendment in 2015, when BJP legislator Parag Alavani had moved a private member bill for it. “There are thousands of BMC-owned old buildings in the city that have inhabitable asking for repairs. But, the nexus between the landlords, builders and BMC officials has been depriving them of their right. There are thousands of such cases in which the permission has been denied by the officials. Though the amendment has given the right of repairs and redevelopment to tenants, there are fears that the officials again will play spoilsport. Hence, I demanded that action be taken against those responsible for not giving the repair permissions despite applications by tenants,” Alavani said.
The legislator also said the new amendment will protect the rights of tenants in the new structures even if the building was demolished due to its dilapidated conditions.