Arjun Kapoor has been issued a notice by the BMC and told to demolish a terrace gym in Juhu.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that Kapoor had encroached on the terrace by constructing a 30-by-16 sq ft brick room without permission. Attempts to contact Kapoor and his manager for comment were met with silence; neither the actor nor the manager responded to phone calls or text messages.
Kapoor lives on the 7th floor of Raheja Orchid in Juhu. While there was no complaint made to the municipal corporation from the residents of the building, it was an activist who does not live in the building who approached the BMC to complain about the room, after which the civic body started an investigation to ascertain the allegation of irregularities.
The BMC had issued the first notice to the actor in March, and last week it issued another notice to Kapoor that asked him to allow municipal staff on his premises to demolish the unauthorized structure. The BMC plans to do the razing in a couple of days.
Recently, the actor’s manager had approached the K-West ward officer, assistant municipal commissioner Parag Masurkar, requesting him for more time after stating that the irregularilities would be regularized. As there was no development after that, the BMC issued the latest notice.
“We have given them enough time to produce supporting documents to prove that the structure is legal but they failed,” Masurkar said. “Now we have issued the final order asking Arjun Kapoor to allow us to enter his premises to demolish the unauthorized structure on the terrace.”
The actor’s representative told the municipal official that the structure had been there for very long but was unable to produce any permission document in support of the claim.
The BMC notice issued in March was a show-cause one, asking Kapoor to produce documents if he had any to prove that he had been allowed to construct the structure on the terrace. Kapoor failed to produce any documents.
Civic officials said that after following all the legal processes, they had concluded the inquiry over the irregularities and issued the final demolition order last week.
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