HC notice to Vile Parle club for using land reserved for public
The HC also issued notices to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).Updated: Apr 27, 2019 05:14 IST
The Bombay high court (HC) on Friday issued a notice to a private club in Vile Parle, after it failed to comply with the civic body’s directions to make 67% of its land available to the public for recreational purposes.
The HC also issued notices to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). As no counsel for the club or company that owns it was present in court on Friday, the matter was posted for hearing on July 7.
The bench of chief justice Pradeep Nandrajog and justice Nitin Jamdar was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Janhit Manch, which claimed that Club Millennium continues to host private events on land that was to be reserved for public use.
In 2011, Akash Lavlesh Leisure Pvt Ltd received permission to construct Club Millennium. According to the petitioner, the club was to be constructed in accordance with the conditions laid down under the Intimation of Disapproval (IOD), issued by the state government to the Mhada in 1998.
As per the IOD, 67% of the plot was to be reserved as a public recreation ground. However, the club had been misusing this land since 2011, while civic authorities failed to take action, the petitioner said.
“The club has exclusive use of the plot, which they use for private events such as weddings and birthday parties, thus putting the public at a loss,” said Atharva Dandekar, counsel for the NGO.
“After numerous letters to authorities complaining of the club’s high-handedness, a small portion of the land was opened to the public. However, this was done only for a limited time period,” said Dandekar.
The petition further said that in light of numerous appeals to the authorities to take action against the club falling on deaf ears, the court should direct them to take action.