A priest has accused the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP), the apex body of the community, of arm-twisting to get his family to vacate their house in Bharucha Baug in Andheri, which the trust wants to redevelop.
In June, the BPP had started demolition of the roof of the building that is still occupied by the priest’s family.
Ervad Mahiar Panthaki, who lives in the single-storeyed block of the Parsi colony, said the partial demolition took place when his family was out of town.
“They began pulling down the roof without prior notice, and that too during the monsoon. How can they begin razing a building when it is still occupied? This is nothing short of pressure tactics,” said Panthaki, among the two residents of the colony who refused to vacate.
Panthaki, along with other resident Rohinton Dameri, have sent notices to all the trustees of the BPP to get the building restored or face criminal proceedings. They have also written to the Andheri police and senior BMC officials on the matter.
BPP chairman Dinshaw Mehta said that while the proposal for redevelopment had elapsed since the construction work had not begun in the time frame of three years, the demolition of the roof was done under the intimation of disapproval order.
“We did not touch the roof of Panthaki’s house and the demolition was done over a vacant house in the building,” said Mehta.
“It is because of these two tenants that we could not get the colony redeveloped despite getting permission from the BMC’s building proposal department in 2009. We have to apply for the permissions again,” he said.