Not worried, shop owners will handle issue: tenants
A gymnasium, cake shop, trading company and other commercial offices - these are a few of the illegal structures owned by the state's top politicians in Shubhda and Sukhada societies. Vaishnavi Vasudevan reports.mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2013 02:10 IST
A gymnasium, cake shop, trading company and other commercial offices - these are a few of the illegal structures owned by the state's top politicians in Shubhda and Sukhada societies.
With most shops given out on rent, the tenants said they were assured by the owners that there was no need to worry. "When I contacted the owner, I was told that the shop is legal and he will look into the matter," said Vishakha Singh, who manages a marketing company in a shop owned by Congress leader Manikrao Thakre.
Shop numbers 10 and 11 in Shubhda building, owned by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, spreads across 2200 sqft and has been given out to a fitness centre.
The manager of Elite Fitness was confident that the structure wouldn't be demolished. "We are not looking for any another location. We are staying here, the owner will handle the issue," said Sunil Nawale, manager.
Pawar has received two separate notices for illegal modifications to three of his shops, which includes the gym.
John Fernandes, who runs a trading company in former Congress MP Vijay Patil's shop, said there was no threat to their business. "We are here for the past 10 years and never made any alteration to the area," he said.
The BMC has sent notices to 17 shops in Shubhda and six in Sukhada.