Jalsa, Janak and Prateeksha. The three Amitabh Bachchan Bungalows are quite a landmark in Mumbai’s Juhu area. Attract thousands of tourists everyday in the hope of catching a glimpse of their favourite superstar. But did you know that Bachchan also has a bungalow in Goregaon? Well, he does and is now in trouble. The superstar is one of the many people served a notice by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for irregularities.
The BMC has issued a notice to Bachchan for unauthorised construction on his premises in Goregaon, a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed.
It has also rejected the amended plans submitted by his architect to the civic body’s Building Proposal Department, said RTI Activist, Anil Galgali.
The notices under the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Act have also been issued to six others including filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, Oberoi Realty, Pankaj Balaji, Sanjay Vyas, Haresh Khandelwal and Haresh Jagtani on December 7, 2016, for variations from the approved plans.
The RTI reply pointed out that the ward officials inspected the site before the notice was issued and found that wings 2, 3, 5 and 6 were unoccupied and internal walls weren’t in accordance with the OC plans.
“Lifts were also not installed, and internal work like fixing of tiles on the ground floor and staircase was not done. Plastering of walls was not done, while security grills on the staircase were missing. Balcony walls were also not constructed, and elevation projection spaces were included in flats. The basement work was also not as per the approved sanctioned plans,” the reply said.
After receiving the notices, Shashank Kokil, the architect appointed by Mr Bachchan, submitted a proposal to the BMC on January 5. The BMC’s Building Proposal Department rejected it on March 17.
He was also asked to do away with the illegal construction.
The P South ward office issued a final notice on May 6, saying that the structure is restored as per the original sanctioned plans. However, this was not done says the BMC.
Galgali also wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, demanding immediate action and carry out the demolition of illegal extension."In coming days, under MRTP, the municipal corporation is investigating to register FIR against Amitabh Bachchan and other people," he added.
Mr. Ameet Naik, attorney for Mr. Bachchan says “Our Client has purchased a property in Oberoi Seven from M/s. Oberoi Realty Limited, vide Agreement dated 29th October 2012, registered before the Sub Registrar of Assurances on 2nd November, 2012. The property was purchased as a bare shell and Our Client has neither put any brick nor taken out any brick from the said property, hence the question of illegal construction does not arise.Further, Our Client is informed that the plans submitted by some other members of the society in respect of the repairs carried out by them have been approved by MCGM”