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Mayor upset with mill for flouting stop-work order

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has accused the Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company Limited of continuing with construction on its Dadar and Lower Parel premises despite being issued a stop-work notice in March.

mumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2010 02:12 IST
Naresh Kamath

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has accused the Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company Limited of continuing with construction on its Dadar and Lower Parel premises despite being issued a stop-work notice in March.

Mayor Shraddha Jadhav has directed the corporation to enforce the order at the earliest.

“The group is flouting the rule with impunity,” Jadhav said. “I have told my officers to visit the spot and stop all activity.”

Based on the directions of the mill monitoring committee, which supervises the sale and development of textile mills, the BMC had issued a stop work notice to 12 mills, including Bombay Dyeing, on March 26.

Bombay Dyeing, meanwhile, denied that work was on. “We are complying with the orders and construction has come to a standstill since last month,” said Durgesh Mehta, the company’s chief financial officer.

Hindustan Times visited the mill’s Dadar site and found trucks waiting to get in. They were, however, denied entry due to the presence of journalists. Even workers were not allowed to enter. They were told some civic officials are holding a meeting inside.

“Workers come everyday asking whether work has started. The trucks have brought the material being used for work at another place on the premises, which is not related to the construction,” Mehta said.

The mill monitoring committee was critical of the fact that the Bombay Dyeing group was not handing over area marked for housing mill workers to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority and a recreation ground to the BMC.