Illegal constructions-Builders to pay for demolition expenses

The high court has directed the BMC to henceforth recover all costs of demolition of illegal structures from the owners of such illegal structures. The court has directed the BMC to issue a circular to the same effect on Tuesday. The direction was given by the division bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice AP Bhangale during the hearing of a petition filed by NGO Awaaz foundation against illegal structures in Manori (in crz zone).A notice was issued to the trust that made the structure and subsequently it was demolished. When the court asked BMC who had paid for the demolition, the BMC informed the court that it had footed the bill. The court then asked why the citizens should bear the expenses of demolishing illegal structures and passed the order. It also asked the BMC to file a compliance report at the next hearing.

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