Mumbai: Transport Minister Anil Parab has ordered to demolish the unauthorized office at Mhada Colony in Bandra East. M. Given by Kanade. The Lokayukta has said that the report should be submitted within a month of the demolition of the office.
Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had filed the petition before the Lokayukta and the matter was heard in the last three months. Parab’s office in Mhada Colony building no. It has been built illegally in the open space between 57 and 58. Vilas Shegle had initially lodged a complaint with MHADA on February 20, 2019 against the construction. MHADA’s property manager had issued two notices to Parab on June 27 and July 22, 2019, instructing him to demolish the building. But they did not demolish the building on their own and no action was taken by MHADA.
After that, he became the Minister of Parab in the Mahavikas Aghadi government. Somaiya had lodged a complaint with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that the unauthorized office was not demolished due to pressure from ministers. The Governor referred the matter to the Lokayukta for inquiry.
Housing Secretary Milind Mhaiskar, MHADA Vice President Anil Diggikar and Chief Executive Officer Yogesh Mhase admitted in a hearing before the Lokayukta that the construction was unauthorized. However, the High Court pointed out that the demolition of unauthorized constructions in the state has been postponed till September 30. Parab had taken the position that he had not done this unauthorized construction and had rented the office space. MHADA had also sought help from the police and the municipal corporation for the construction, Somaiya said.
With my construction No relationship – Anil Parab
I have nothing to do with this unauthorized construction. I do not own this place. MHADA will take appropriate legal action, Transport Minister Anil Parab told Loksatta. When MHADA sent me a notice regarding this construction, I had clarified that I had nothing to do with it.