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MUMBAI: Parel’s Crystal Tower is not the only building in the city without an occupation certification. The BMC has rejected OC application of 110 buildings since January this year mostly because of violation of construction rules. Many of these buildings are now occupied despite not getting OC.
Expert said most applications are rejected on technical grounds. They said that after unauthorized occupation, many residents carry out changes in their flats, including making illegal extension, as there is no society to check them. It results in repeated rejections of OC application.
The BMC received 497 applications for OC from January 1 till August 22, and approved 337 of them. A senior civic engineer said most of the rejections happened because of additional constructions in the building without amendment to the original plan.
Senior architect Shirish Sukhatme of PEATA (Practising Engineers, Architects and Town Planners Associations) said, “Following the shift to online process, things are moving faster and builders are not making illegal changes due to fear of RERA. But many a time, an OC application gets rejected because of technical reasons.”
He added, “Once people occupy such houses, we witness that they do all kind of changes in their flat because there is no society to rule them. They do illegal amalgamation, included flower bed area and balcony in their flats.”
After constructing the building, the builder has to apply for OC from BMC, which compares the construction with building plan submitted earlier. The builder can form the society only after getting the OC, and if someone lives in a house without OC, he is to be consider unauthorized occupant.
The fire in Crystal Tower started near a 12th floor flat that was amalgamated illegally. Officials said there are many illegal changes in the building.
The BMC rejected Crystal Tower’s OC application in 2013, because the developer failed to cleared Rs 21 lakh one time premium due to the BMC and unable to procure NOC from Mumbai Building Repair and Reconstruction Board.
According to sources, residents of the building started to live there without OC and made various changes in flats. A senior civic engineer said, “Such changes can be done only after amending the building plan. Otherwise it becomes a ground for OC rejection.”
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