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Two-year-long effort of Kurla locals stops illegal constructions

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 9:35am IST | Agency: dna

After filing repeated complaints with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in general and L-ward in particular over several ongoing illegal constructions in Kurla (West) for the past two years, residents of the area have finally succeeded in staying some of them. However, they are clueless about the demolition of the existing illegal structures.

In a recent letter written to municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Derrel Fernandes, a resident, alleged that the ward has not taken any action on the illegal constructions despite repeated complaints. A copy of the letter is with dna.

The letter mentions eight spots where the alleged illegal constructions were going on. They include an illegal structure built on its terrace Fauziya Hospital at LBS Marg, a three-storey structure in Kurla village, a three-storey structure near Kalpana cinema, a two-storey structure near the match factory, among others.

The letter urges the authorities to take immediate action against these constructions. It says that most of these constructions are carried out during the night.

"I have been running from pillar to post to bring the illegal constructions and alterations to the notice of civic authorities. However, no one paid heed to it. Only after I complained to deputy municipal commissioner Sudhir Naik about two weeks ago, did the ward take cognizance of our complaints and stopped such work last week," said Fernandes.

However, Fernandes said that they don't have a clue when the demolition of these structures will be carried out.

Residents have also written to the police commissioner and sought help from the local police in the matter. "We need their help too, especially during weekends. But we have not received much cooperation from them yet," a resident said.

Kurla, one of the most populous wards, is notorious for its lack of order and poor civic amenities such as narrow and congested roads, lack of traffic control, illegal encroachments on roads and unsolved parking issues.

Assistant commissioner of L-ward Harshad Kale said that the ward has not been able to do much work on this front as his staff and the police are busy with election duties. "Currently, we are busy identifying dilapidated buildings as is directed by our commissioner. Soon, we will focus on the illegal constructions," Kale said.

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