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Mumbai civic body razes illegal extensions at 50-year-old store

Premsons is located at Breach Candy, and sells products ranging from make-up and accessories, to home decor and appliances.

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2018 23:24 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Hindustan Times
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The store owners had built five unauthorised sheds on the terrace and put up a sign board without permission(HT photo)

Almost a month after a fire broke out in some galas on the first floor of the departmental store, Premsons, at Breach Candy, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday took action against the store by demolishing its illegal extension.

According to assistant municipal commissioner Vishwas Mote, Premsons had built five sheds on the terrace and put up a sign board on its facade without permission.

The sheds, which had been built across a 2,000 sq-feet area, were used as a storage space as well as living quarters for the employees, said a civic official.

“We sent a show-cause notice to the store on May 3 to remove all illegal extensions. But, they did not do so. The demolition charges will be incurred through property taxes,” said Mote.

The approved building plans will be checked for any other illegal construction in the structure and action will be taken accordingly, he added.

The manager of the store was unavailable for comment, despite repeated attempts by HT.

Premsons, housed in a 50-year-old structure, sells items ranging from make-up and accessories, to home decor and appliances.

On April 20, a fire broke out on the first floor. The area was smoke-logged, but no injuries were reported.

First Published: May 17, 2018 23:23 IST