The construction of a makeshift memorial at Shivaji Park on the spot where Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray was cremated has prompted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to set its house in order.
The civic removal of encroachment department has been asked to give daily reports on its demolition drives.
Officials from the department said the decision was taken on December 7. "A meeting was held with senior officials who asked us to submit a daily report on demolition drives conducted across the 24 wards. We started giving them the reports from Saturday," said Anand Wagralkar, deputy municipal commissioner.
Till now, such reports were submitted on a weekly or monthly basis. "This is the first time we’ll be submitting information on demolition drives on a daily basis," an official said.
Earlier this week, following a notice from municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte about the temporary structure erected at Shivaji Park after Thackeray’s cremation, mayor Sunil Prabhu had said Kunte should pay more attention to other illegal constructions in city rather than focus on just this one.
Activists have welcomed the move. "It is a very good move, but it will be worthwhile to see how long they will be able to follow it," said Aftab Siddiqui, an activist from Bandra, adding that the reports will give an idea about the nature of encroachments and the number of demolitions.
Secretary of Union Park Residents Association Bharati Kakkad said more transparency in the system will help those working towards removing encroachments in the city.