Mumbai:Corporator wants BMC to penalise builders who discriminate

MNS group leader mooted a proposal to disallow water connection and Commencement Certificate to builders who sell flats to people based on their food preferences or religion, caste.There has been many instances in the past where flat buyers were denied the flats on the basis of their caste , religion or even on their choice of food.

This issue was brought up in BMC on Tuesday, after a demand by an MNS corporator about introducing a clause that says builders who discriminate won’t be granted permissions to construct buildings. The BMC, after discussing the issue twice, in its final reply, has said that this is not possible as it looks into technical issues of construction and cannot direct builders on whom to sell flats to.

The proposal was mooted by corporator Sandip Deshpande, who is also the group leader of MNS in the BMC. It seeks that builders, who discriminate on the basis of religion, food preferences, and caste, shouldn’t be given an Intimation of Disapproval, Commencement Certificate and even water connection.
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However, corporators aren’t too happy with BMC’s response. Deshpande said that the BJP gets funds from the builders and hence aren’t letting this happen and aked the improvements committee to get this proposal referred back.The SP leader in the BMC, Rais Shaikh, also alleged that the BJP is favouring the builders and is not taking this issue seriously.

The improvements committee chairman and BJP corporator said “We have referred the issue to the administration.” Another BJP leader said that they can’t dictate terms on which they have to do business and that a builder should be not be told how to do business.

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