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Citizen’s Guide to Action against Unauthorized Structures & Illegal Modifications

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW FOR FILING RTI APPLICATION & LODGING COMPLAINT TO BUILDING & FACTORY DEPTT AGAINST ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS

Hi Friends.

Our earlier email was concerning Municipal Corporation’s Building Proposal Department, which issues commencement certificate and other permissions to builders. This one is about Building & Factory Department, which takes action against unauthorized constructions etc. It issues demolition notices etc.

I know dozens of activists who are struggling to get action taken against illegal and unauthorized structures. Some of these structures are built after getting a Repair Permission from the Municipal Corporation – deliberately violating the terms & conditions of those permissions.  Others are built without any permission. Quite often, show-cause notices and demolition notices are issued against such structures… and then nothing happens.

In order to file effective RTI applications and lodge effective complaints, we must understand the procedures and the chain of responsibility. Also, we must know precisely what documents to ask for under RTI, and the vocabulary to be used to point out wrongdoings in our complaints. The two PDF files below have a list of useful documents, including circulars, registers and files, notices, etc. Besides, these files extensively describe the common sorts of violations. A must-read for citizens who don’t like to take things lying down!

1)    What you need to know for filing RTI applications & Lodging Complaints to Municipal Corporation’s Building & Factory Department regarding UNAUTHORIZED REPAIRS & MODIFICATIONS, OR MISUSE OF REPAIR PERMISSIONS TO CARRY OUT UNAUTHORIZED CONSTRUCTION: http://tinyurl.com/Illegal-Structures-n-Repairs

2)    DOCS TO BE SOUGHT UNDER RTI FROM BUILDING & FACTORY DEPTT ON ACTION AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED CONSTRUCTIONS: http://tinyurl.com/Building-n-Factory-Dept-Docs

These are extracted from a book titled ‘Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai & Ward Administration’, authored by a former Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, David Antony Pinto. Co-authored by public administration expert Marina Pinto, it lucidly explains city governance. Published by Konark in 2006, the information is up to date. More about the authors: http://tinyurl.com/MCGM-Book-Authors

Once again, thank you Navin Pandya for the loan of this exceptional book, We can never thank you enough for this!

Warm Regards,
Krish
98215 88114

Posted in Activism, Governance & Administration, Right to Information, RTI Act 2005.

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