Illegal ramp: BMC to recover 2L demolition cost from Shah Rukh Khan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 12:47 IST

Twenty days after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) pulled down an illegal ramp constructed by actor Shah Rukh Khan on a lane adjacent to his bungalow in Bandra (West), it has decided to recover the demolition costs from the actor.

The civic body issued a notice to Khan on March 5, with a bill amounting to Rs 1.93 lakh.

Khan had illegally constructed the ramp on a public road beside his bungalow, Mannat, which obstructed movement to Mount Mary Basilica during the annual Bandra Fair.

Residents had complained that the ramp was constructed by Khan to park his vanity van, on account of which the access to the public road was being obstructed.

In 2013, The Watchdog Foundation, a local non-government organisation, had taken up the issue and written several letters to the municipal commissioner and the chief minister. It had also filed a lawsuit on the matter.

On January 29 this year, MP Poonam Mahajan wrote to municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte, asking him to take note of the residents’ complaints and take action accordingly.

On receiving directions from Kunte, the local H-West ward office of the BMC sent a notice to Khan on February 5, asking him to demolish the ramp within seven days, failing which the BMC would demolish it.

Khan was unavailable for comment.

The BMC had taken a similar decision in the high-profile Campa Cola compound case.

The civic body had, in November 2013, decided to recover Rs4 lakh from the flat owners for recovering the costs of manpower and machinery that were deployed for the eviction work and cutting off power and gas supplies.

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