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BMC tells Bandra societies to return setback area land

Residents slam notices, served after complaint by MNS leader, saying it will lead to encroachment.

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2012 01:01 IST
Alok Deshpande

Land meant for road expansion being held by 80-odd housing societies in Bandra-Khar area could become a flashpoint between the civic body and residents.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued notices to 10 housing societies from Bandra’s bandstand area to reclaim the land, called setback area. The BMC is planning to issue similar notices to around 70 more societies from Bandra and Khar in the coming days.

Setback area is a patch of land within a prescribed distance from the property boundary on which the developer is prohibited from doing any permanent construction. The area can be used by the civic body for road widening or digging water drains. In return, the FSI of the area is given to the developer for use in construction. The BMC has asked societies to remove the beautification (garden, tree pots etc) from the setback area, failing which action will be taken by the civic body’s maintenance department.

The residents have expressed anger against the BMC’s notices, being served since last week of April. Members of the Bandstand advanced locality management (ALM) body have said the civic body should take action against those who violate the law, instead of destroying patches of greenery maintained by citizens.

Robin Nath, honorary secretary, Bandra Bandstand Resident Trust, said, “Such decisions are taken in the interests of encroachers and hawkers. If you ask the residents, none of them will support such action,” he said.

The notices were issued after a complaint was filed by Tushar Afale, zonal president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. He said that the developer has used the FSI of the setback area while constructing the building, and the property, which should have been in the BMC’s possession, remains with the societies.