Mumbai: Amidst the festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi, actor Rani Mukerjee had to deal with an official notice from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over allegations of illegal construction around her Juhu bungalow, Krishna Ram. Reports suggested that the actor had BMC officials visiting her house to inspect the premises but they were not allowed to enter.
The report also claimed that the team will now visit the actor’s bungalow again on August 30 and might be accompanied by policemen.
As media tried to verify the report, Rani’s spokesperson quashed it saying it is baseless. “At the outset, I wish to state Mrs Mukerjee is an upstanding citizen of the country and the allegations of illegal construction occurring at her bungalow are completely baseless,” quipped Rani’s spokesperson. Adding to it, he said, “Yes, the commencement certificate was taken first in 2014, it has been revalidated every year and BMC can confirm the same. The height of the bungalow is as per the approved plans submitted to the Building Department while obtaining the commencement certificate. Lastly, the notice under section 488 received from K West on July 3rd, has been replied to on July 4th, 2017. I trust this puts any ambiguity regarding the construction of the property to rest. The BMC has been extremely professional in all matters.”
The Mid-Day report quoted Prashant Gaikwad, the assistant civic commissioner of K-west ward, as saying, “We issued a notice a week ago, under section 488 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, which allows BMC to enter a building or land for inspection.” Another civic official told the website, “The K-west ward office got complaints from activists regarding alleged construction work being carried out illegally, in violation of the approved plans that were submitted to BMC’s Building Proposal Department. On receiving the complaint, we issued a notice to the owner and paid a visit but were not allowed to inspect the premises.”
But with Rani’s spokesperson clarification, we hope the matter gets resolved soon.