Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday had served a notice to the owner of the iconic Leopold Cafe in Colaba Causeway after civic officials found slabs being placed at the canopy level above the pedestrian footpath of the cafe without its permission.
The notice, issued under Section 354(A) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, to the owner/occupier of the cafe, which is accessed by Free Press Journal, the civic body had warned the establishment to halt the construction and remove the structure failing which the same would be removed or demolished by the authority. “In response to the notice issued, you have neither submitted reply nor submitted any permission received from a competent authority of MCGM in favour of notice work,” the notice reads.
A stop-work notice is issued when the civic body is convinced that a building or an establishment is conducting repairs unlawfully. “The construction was being carried on shamelessly without any prior permission from the corporation. Whatever might be the situation, any and every establishment has to acquire necessary permissions to carry out any minor or major construction. The footpath is being blocked for pedestrians and can pose danger to them,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of ‘A’ ward.
The person sitting at the counter of the Leopold Cafe said, “We are not doing any illegal repairing. The establishment needs refurbishing in its foundation otherwise it may be dangerous to the pedestrians,” he said, adding, “The BMC sent us a notice saying we should carry out the repair ourselves, else we would be responsible if any mishap occurred on the premises. But we are only getting our basic safety measures fixed.”