After taking over as municipal commissioner, Tukaram Mundhe has cracked whip against unauthorised constructions, encroachments and use of marginal space by such hoteliers, which has prominent names from the city in the list for alleged violations. As part of drive extensions made illegally by several hotels were removed in last couple of weeks.
Earlier, the court too had directed NMMC to take action against hotels that have made unauthorised constructions. A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in this regard by a city advocate wherein it was contended that some of the prominent city hotels had carried on unauthorised constructions and were illegally making use of marginal space.
The civic body had checked original plans and accordingly served notices to hotels to demolish illegal structures. NMMC has already taken action against two hotels.
Nearly 800 hotels in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) jurisdiction are likely to be sealed if they fail to get proper license or renew their licenses.
The civic body had earlier served notices to such hotels but most of them continued to operate without renewing their licences.
According to civic official, “There are as many as 800 hotels in the NMMC area which are operating without requisite permission or without renewing license from the civic body. Notices have been served to such establishments and if they fail to renew license without paying the required penalty these hotels may be sealed.”
There are 10 various licenses, which are mandatory for hoteliers, including fire NOCs which has to be renewed every year or every six months. However, some of the hotels in city have given a go-by to this norms and are functioning without proper licenses or without renewing them.