Barely four days after he took over as the municipal corporation commissioner, Subodh Kumar has been summoned by the Bombay high court to explain how a 12-storey school building in Malad (West) was regularised by the authority.
A division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice AA Sayed has asked the new civic chief to be present court on January 18. “In the city of Bombay, it is noticed, so many illegal constructions are carried out, and the corporation is not taking any action,” noted the bench. “It seems the officers concerned are silent spectators and dormant.”
The court was hearing a petition filed by Shri Balaji International School challenging the civic body’s action of demolishing an electricity sub-station constructed by Reliance Energy on a plot reserved as a playground.
The ICSE school contended that their personnel were running from pillar to post for demolition of two garages, purportedly illegally constructed on their plot, but the civic authorities did nothing.
However, the sub-station was demolished on October 14 without even issuing a notice, the petition alleged. Counsel for the school, Deepa Chavan, pointed out that nearly 1,000 students studying in the ICSE school were suffering due to lack of sufficient power supply.
Shobha Kumar, counsel for BMC, tried to justify the action stating there were irregularities involved in construction of the school building.
What irked the judges was that the civic authorities had allowed the 12-storey structure to come up and condoned the irregularities and regularised the building. The judges decided to summon the BMC commissioner after the counsel failed to explain under which circumstances the construction was regularised. The court has also directed additional public prosecutor Satish Kamat to furnish files pertaining to grant of 4 FSI for the school building. The matter will come up for further hearing on January 18.