Upset over the never-ending public interest litigations (PIL) concerning checks over illegal and unauthorised constructions, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the BMC and the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to specify the attempts made to curb this.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by city-based NGO Disha in 2006 seeking action against illegal structures on the plush Andheri-Versova-Jogeshwari belt, which houses Bollywood personalities.
The PIL has sought demolition of rampant unauthorized structures in the belt.
The HC also rapped the BMC and MHADA for passing the buck over action against these illegal structures. “It’s a never ending process. We want you both to check illegal construction,” said acting chief justice J.N. Patel.
A division bench of Justice Patel and Justice B.R. Gavai asked both authorities to file an affidavit in a week specifying the action proposed against errant officers. “Disciplinary action should be taken against those citizens who have made alterations violating permissions,” said Justice Patel.
G.W. Mattos, MHADA’s advocate, told the court that show cause notices had been issued to individuals who had carried out alterations.
“As for the officers, we will have to see during whose tenure encroachment took place,” said Mattos.