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Mumbai: No power, water over NOC; locals miffed

Residents have called this move unjust since their tenements were bought between 1990-1995 when fire NOC was not required.

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Mumbai: No power, water over NOC; locals miffed
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After issuing notices to commercial buildings to obtain fire NOC, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to disconnect power and water supply following non-compliance. Residents have called this move unjust since their tenements were bought between 1990-1995 when fire NOC was not required.

In the last week of December, Dombivali MIDC issued notices to over 50 commercial entities in the area, asking them to obtain a fire NOC in seven days, else they will discontinue their power and water supply. From January 16, it has started handing out similar notices to residential societies. They have been asked to obtain fire NOC, OC (Occupancy Certificate), BCC (Building Commencement Certificate) in the next seven days or face power and water cut.

Of the 400 residential societies in Dombivali MIDC Phase II, around 15-20 have received such notices and more are in the offing. The residents, who already find themselves burdened with a huge increase in property tax, bad infrastructure and pollution, have cried foul over these notices.

"When we bought a flat here in the 1990s, fire NOC was not required. Now they have suddenly come up with this new rule and want us to comply immediately," said a resident on the condition of anonymity.

The residents allege that the move is either to silence those who raised their voice against the state of affairs in Dombivali or a doorway to corruption. "We would like to know MIDC disrupted water and power supply of how many companies after serving them the notice in December?" asks Raju Nalawade, secretary, Dombivali welfare association. "This is an injustice against us who are burdened with heavy tax burden, pollution and bad infrastructure," he alleged.

When contacted Sanjay Narnaware, executive engineer of MIDC, he clarified that the notices are for OC and BCC. "Only buildings above 15 meters require fire NOC. We have made an appeal to higher authorities to extend the period to get the required OC and BCC from seven days. We are waiting for their approval," he said.

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