The Thane Municipal Corporation restarted its drive against unauthorised structures in Yeoor hills. One of the major structures to be demolished recently reportedly belongs to Bollywood actor Boman Irani.
Though tribals reside in the hills, politicians, businessmen and other bigwigs have usurped their land over the years.
This was brought to the court’s notice by an adivasi farmer Chandrakant Jadhav, who filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in February 2009.
Following the court’s directive, the civic body began demolishing illegal structures in Yeoor.
In the past, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s son Jaidev’s bungalow and Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik’s bungalow faced the axe.
Irani’s bungalow was razed by the anti-encroachment department on Friday. However, deputy municipal commissioner B G Pawar refused to confirm if the bungalow belonged to the film actor.
“The bungalow belongs to one Boman Irani. But we are not sure whether he is the film actor or not,” said Pawar.
However, civic sources have confirmed that it does belong to the actor because officials have inquired with the bungalow’s watchman.
As per the survey carried out by the corporation, there are 237 structures on Yeoor Hills, of which only 36 are authorised. Of the 201 illegal structures, 148 structures have been demolished so far.