Actor Arshad Warsi started trending after reports on Monday that a part of his Bungalow in Mumbai’s Versova was demolished by the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation), which was allegedly an illegal construction, reported news agency PTI.
Arshad Warsi reportedly made the alleged illegal construction when he renovated his bungalow in Versova after acquiring possession of the property a few years ago, PTI quoted a senior civic official as saying.
The Munna Bhai actor had reportedly purchased the bungalow in a resale from an employee of Air India and opted for renovation before moving in with his family. Arshad Warsi reportedly constructed an extra floor comprising an area of 1,300 square feet, which is illegal reports the Times of India.
Following the reported illegal construction, a complaint was filed against the actor by the members of Shantiniketan, which is the co-operative housing society of Air India.
Arshad Warsi was served a notice on Saturday by the demolition team of the BMC with the intimation that the alleged illegal construction will be brought down, reported PTI.
The demolition process was carried out on Monday, when the Jolly LLB actor was not at him residence. “We have done a part demolition of the illegally constructed portion as the actor was not present in the bungalow.
The remaining illegal construction will be demolished soon,” the senior civic official told PTI.
However, it took the authorities four years to act, after the alleged illegality came under the BMC scanner. This was because Warsi approached the courts.
As the bungalow was locked when civic officials visited the premises, they carried out only symbolic demolition.
On Saturday, the BMC had stuck a demolition notice on the bungalow No. 10 in Air India Co-operative Society (Shantiniketan), giving Warsi 24 hours to remove the illegal construction of second floor (around 1,300sq ft). As there was allegedly no response from the actor, BMC carried out the partial demolition on Monday.
BMC officials said they would issue another notice to Warsi and his wife, Maria Goretti, asking them to provide civic staff access to the property to remove the illegal floor.
When TOI sent a text message to the actor after the demolition, seeking his version, he replied saying, “It’s true”.
Warsi and his wife reportedly bought the bungalow in 2012 from a retired Air India captain reports NDTV.
Then while renovating the property, the actor, said sources, allegedly carried out the illegal construction without permission of the society or the Municipal authorities.
Subsequently, society members complained to the BMC about the illegal-addition.
In 2013, when BMC decided to remove the illegal addition, the actor got stay from court. Recently, the court lifted the stay order.
Ward officer Prashant Gaikwad said, “We will send a notice to him again and will remove the illegal floor.”
Sources said all the floor space index (FSI) on the society was totally consumed while developing the area, so no additional construction can be carried out on the bungalows. The BMC also examined other bungalows after it was informed that many others have carried such illegal constructions in the area, reports NDTV.
Earlier, an illegal ramp outside Shah Rukh Khan’s residence “Mannat” was demolished by BMC in 2015 after society members had complained to BMC that the illegal construction was causing traffic problems in the area.
with inputs from PTI, TOI & NDTV