Even though the H (West) Federation and the 33rd Road Khar Advanced Locality Management (ALM) registered complaints against an alleged illegal passage built on an open space adjacent to Goathan Road at Rajan Village in Bandra (West), the civic authorities are yet to take action in the matter.
Congress block president and developer, Stephen Noronha, owns the commercial structure. The members alleged that Noronha had covered the passage with plastic shades. Resident, Francis Gonsalves said the passage, which also includes an office, is used for parties that disturb the peace. It also blocks big vehicles from entering the village, he added.
Under the Right To Information (RTI) petition filed by Gonsalves in 2009 it was revealed that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) building proposal department has not issued permission to erect or cover the structure.
“This passage was constructed in 1997. It was demolished once but the owner reconstructed it and in 2000 he made it a permanent structure. We cannot live peacefully in our own house because of the nuisance. We have been fighting against this illegal structure for the last two years, but the corporation is delaying action,” Gonsalves said.
“We have taken up the matter with the zonal deputy municipal commissioner. We feel action has not been taken against the owner because of his political connections,” said Aftab Siddique, chairperson, 33rd Road Khar ALM 144.
Sharing the same views, Daphne Warapen, member of the H (West) Federation said, “The area on which the structure is standing is shown as open space in the BMC area plan, so if it is illegal it has to go because it constitutes encroachment.”
Noronha told HT, “I have submitted all the legal documents related to the properties to the BMC ward office. They will decide the further course of action.”
Deputy municipal commissioner Sudhir Naik said, “The owner of that structure has submitted the relevant documents to the BMC and have forwarded them to the concerned agencies. After receiving the report, we will respond to the matter. The report may take another 10 days to arrive.”