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Politicians give communal colour to illegal constructions

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
By Steffy Thevar

The demolitions at Minara Masjid have taken a communal colour with politicians trying to cash in on the illegal constructions and turn it into a communal conflict. Yesterday, MLA Amin Patel, local leaders and a few protestors gathered outside the Ward B office outside the JJ hospital casualty gate. Slogans were raised against the assistant commissioner, Udaykumar Shiroorkar after the demolitions led by him to crackdown on illegal constructions at the Minara Masjid. The demolitions were carried out on the shops that have been rented out illegally in the Masjid premises. Since then, the demolitions have become a major talking point for politicians in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The protestors demanded that Shiroorkar be transferred or suspended since his demolitions have 'hurt the sentiments' of the people. Shiroorkar said, “The demolitions have been carried out legally and after issuing notices under the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (MRTP) Act, to the shopkeepers. Before the demolitions, we even found receipts issued to the shopkeepers as rent bills by the trustees.” The demolitions had been carried out in about 50 stalls, on January 24, after a fire accident occurred in the Masjid premises.

MLA Amin Patel said, “The officer has not paid attention to other issues in the area like contaminated water, bad roads, etc., but his focus is demolitions. Without any official notice, he has demolished the structure which has damaged the Masjid's minaret and the wall. According to a Supreme Court judgement, the civic body needs to send a notice 24-hours prior to the demolition, which did not happen in this case. If the stalls were illegal, why did the civic body impose property tax and assessment tax on them? The stalls also had electric boxes which are about 50 years old. It is a religious structure and so demolitions have to be carried out carefully. We demand that Shiroorkar be suspended till the enquiry is complete.”

Although some local residents have also claimed that the demolitions have damaged the Minara Masjid's minaret and wall, the primary cause of the demolitions were the illegal status of the shops and also the fact that these shops have often encroached upon the roads that lead inside the area, making it difficult for the fire engines to get to the spot.

Earlier, the BMC had issued a notice to the trustees of the Minara Masjid stating that the shops, that were demolished by the civic body on January 24, had been constructed by the trustees of Minara Masjid by grabbing the municipal street known as Memonwada Road, and had rented out or sold out to the people for business. In the same letter dated January 29, 2018, the BMC also mentions that the trustees have to submit their say on the matter within the next seven days from the day of receiving the letter failing which the trustees would be held responsible for grabbing the municipal street and legal action would be taken against them under the MRTP and MPDA (Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities) Acts and further demolitions will be carried out.

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