HC asks BMC to decide in six weeks

Jan 23 2013, 03:34 IST
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SummaryA PIL filed by an activist has alleged that about 300 police chowkies in the city have been constructed without necessary BMC permission.

Bombay High Court (HC) pulled up BMC Tuesday for delay in deciding applications filed by Mumbai Police to regularise 125 illegal police chowkies.

A PIL filed by an activist has alleged that about 300 police chowkies in the city have been constructed without necessary BMC permission.

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat-Pai told the court of the 391 police chowkies in the city, 252 were illegal.

“Of these, 61 have been razed. Of the remaining 191, the police department has filed applications before the civic body for regularisation of 125. Two chowkies have been regularised, but the remaining applications are pending,” she said.

A division bench of justices A M Khanwilkar and K K Tated questioned the corporation for sitting on the applications, some filed as early as in 2005.

“Why are you (BMC) taking so long? Why the delay? Such matters are in public interest and steps have to be taken immediately,” the court said. HC asked police to file applications for regularisation in two weeks. The corporation has been asked to decide the applications within six weeks and submit a compliance report to the court by March 7.

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