BMC Demolishes Actor Arshad Warsi’s Versova Bungalow


Mumbai: The BMC demolished part of film actor Arshad Warsi’s bungalow at Versova on Monday for allegedly constructing an additional floor illegally. The move comes four years after the alleged illegality came under the BMC scanner. As the bungalow was locked when civic officials visited the premises, they carried out only symbolic demolition.

On Saturday, the BMC had stuck a demolition notice on the bungalow No. 10 in Air India Co-operative Society (Shantiniketan), giving Warsi 24 hours to remove the illegal construction of second floor (around 1,300sq ft). As there was allegedly no response from the actor, BMC carried out the partial demolition on Monday.

BMC officials said they would issue another notice to Warsi and his wife, Maria Goretti, asking them to provide civic staff access to the property to remove the illegal floor.

When TOI sent a text message to the actor after the demolition, seeking his version, he replied saying, “It’s true”. Warsi and his wife reportedly bought the bungalow in 2012 from a retired Air India captain. Then while renovating the property, the actor, said sources, allegedly carried out the illegal construction. Subsequently, society members complained to BMC about the illegal-addition. In 2013, when BMC decided to remove the illegal addition, the actor got stay from court. Recently, the court lifted the stay order.

Sources said all the floor space index (FSI) on the society was consumed while developing the area, so no additional construction can be carried out on the bungalows. The BMC also examined other bungalows after it was informed that many others have carried such illegal constructions.Ward officer Prashant Gaikwad said, “We will send a notice to him again and will remove the illegal floor.”

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