After visiting MP Navneet Rana's flat in Khar, the BMC
issued a show-cause notice to her and her husband, MLA Ravi Rana. The notice was issued under section 351 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act 1888, which requires Ranas to explain in writing why the unauthorized work should not be demolished and the usage of the properties returned within seven days.
The BMC crew visited the flat on Monday after failing to inspect it twice last week because it was locked. The civic council discovered unauthorized work on the eighth floor of the Lavie building, where the couple lives, during the inspection. The notice was served by the designated officer of the BMC's H-West ward on Tuesday, stating that Ranas had modified the allowed use of the property.
It further said that the response must be sent within seven days after receiving the notice. However, if they fail to provide sufficient justification, the premises will be demolished or repaired at their risk and expense. They will also be prosecuted under section 475 A of the MMC Act, which carries a sentence of jail and a fine.
Apart from the lift area being merged with the flat and converted into a toilet, the pooja room has been merged with the kitchen and converted into a living room, the lobby area has been merged into the habitable area and the sloping roof has been flattened and merged with the adjoining bedroom, the living room has been subdivided into kitchen and bedroom, the balcony has been enclosed with adjoining bedroom and kitchen, and two bedrooms on the west side have been merged.