The civic body and state government received flak from the Bombay High Court on Wednesday for failing to take action against alleged illegal constructions coming up in Bandra.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Ashraf Mansuri, a Naupada resident, which alleges illegal construction in the area by underworld.
“BMC demolishes illegal structures and they resurface the next day. It is a waste of public money,” said Justice Rebello.
Mansuri had filed a PIL in September 2009 alleging that Anees and Imran Khan, sons of Yakub Yeda (who is wanted for his role in 1993 serial blasts in the city) are developing and constructing at least 40 properties in Bandra (East).
The petition states that keeping in mind the underworld connection of Yakub, there are chances of underworld financing these constructions.
Additional government pleader said the BMC and their ward officers should be held responsible for illegal construction. BMC lawyer told the court that they have issued a show cause notice to the owners of illegal structures and will be taking action soon.
The court has given BMC one week to file an affidavit.