Though it is clear from the official documents that the concretisation of BJP’s state headquarters at tony Nariman Point is unauthorised, the reality is that the civic body, which is charged with acting against such structures, may buckle under pressure as the party is in power in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The RTI replies from both the BMC and the public works department, which owns the land, clearly state the new structure is not authorised.
However, it is almost two months since the civic body served a show-cause notice to the BJP on April 25, and the BJP in turn sent a regularisation proposal. But no action has been taken till now. BMC sources have hinted the file is on the verge of being cleared.
A BJP spokesperson also said they have started the procedure of regularisation and have not encroached on any land other than what was originally allotted to them. Officials from the civic building proposals department, which considers regularisation requests, said the file has not been cleared yet, but the BMC will be giving its nod in a few days.
They said the PWD, which in the RTI reply said no permanent structure can come up on the green space, has also given a no-objection certificate in this case. "It is a controversial issue and we cannot meddle much with it," an official from the building and factory department said.
“Usually, after issuing notices, if the party applies for regularisation, the proposal goes to the building proposals department, which decides if the plot can be regularised after obtaining permissions, and the issue is reverted back to the ward,” said additional municipal commissioner (city) Mohan Adtani.
These developments have surprised residents of Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens’ Association, who have been fighting to reclaim this green space. NCPPA members have hinted this collusion might be because all political parties have been allotted temporary structures in Nariman Point, and laying a precedent will benefit the others. facts are distorted.
(With inputs from Surendra Gangan)