The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) told the Bombay High Court (HC) that it does not have adequate powers to forcibly evict the occupants of privately-owned dilapidated buildings. MCGM has filed a petition in the HC stating difficulties faced by it in implementing the eviction notices issued under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and seeking more powers. The Corporation finds itself under fire whenever a building collapses. To present its case before the HC, it has hired senior lawyers SU Kamdar, EP Bharucha and Anil Sakhare. Mr Kamdar argued that when its officers try to implement the eviction notices, cases of molestation are sometimes lodged against them.
Holding a builder’s firm guilty of deficiency in service for not forming and registering a cooperative housing society (CHS) 25 years after the first residents moved in, the Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Disputes Resdressal Forum has ordered it to pay Rs2.10 lakh compensation.
Citing the provisions of the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act and the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, the Forum said that even after 11 owners had taken possession of their flats, the society could have been formed by Lokhandwala Premises Ltd. Residents of Excellency Cooperative Housing Society had finally formed and registered the CHS on their own in 1991 and even paid the requisite charges.
The builder will also have to hand over the commencement, occupation, and building completion certificates, and other necessary documents within six months of the order and, thereafter, pay Rs500 each day to the society until all the documents are handed over. It will also have to refund the society the amount taken as society formation charges from each flat-owner, along with 12% interest thereon from October 1989.
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