Mumbai: The Smaaash restaurant in Kamala Mill compound was granted permission for some structures in violation of Development Control Rules (DCR). Surprisingly, the permission was granted within six days after the application was filed by the architect. This was alleged by Sanjay Nirupam, Mumbai Congress chief at a press conference held here on Monday. Nirupam demanded that the civic chief, who allegedly gave the permission, be suspended.
Smaaash was in the news recently as some of its illegal structures were demolished by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) after the Kamala mills fire incident.
The permissions for the structures at Smaaash were given after a proposal was filed by city executive engineer (EE) (Building Proposal) regarding the temporary structures for recreational activity. As per the document, the EE submitted an inspection report to the commissioner that there was a racing track and other assemblies on the ground floor installed without permission.
“The architect has requested regularisation of the same by charging penalty,” said the letter. The EE requested charging of the penalty of Rs 466 per sq metre for the area of elevated racing track.
According to the documents, approvals of Deputy Chief Engineer (BP) City, Chief Engineer (DP) and Municipal Commissioner were sought. The proposal was submitted on May 25, 2016 and it received clearance from
Mehta within six days. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta refused to comment on the issue.
Nirupam demanded Mehta’s suspension for permitting the illegal construction. “By BMC’s own admission, elevated racing tracks do not come under temporary structures which are allowed,” said Nirupam, adding that it was a clear violation of BMC rules by top officials.
Nirupam said a person involved in legalising illegal structures should not be involved in the probe of Kamala Mills fire. Investigation must be carried out either by the CBI or by a judicial inquiry, he said.
He alleged the accused of the Kamala Mill fire are from Nagpur and so the government is shielding them.
Madhav Bhandari, BJP spokesperson refuted Nirupam’s allegations and said the allegations are meant to cover up the corruption of Congress-NCP in transforming the mill to mall. “There will be a serious investigation into the case and no one will be spared. The Congress leader is making the allegations to pressurise the investigating agencies and mislead the probe team,” said Bhandari.