The BMC has sent a notice to the management of Dreams Mall in Bhandup, asking them to clear their outstanding dues, amounting to Rs 42.50 crore. The amount includes Rs 10.35 crore in water bills.
“The mall has been shut after a fire had taken place in March. There are more than 1,100 small shops inside the buildings that are now non-operational and the management need to clear their dues at the earliest as their occupational licences have also been disqualified,” said a senior civic official.
The fire incident had claimed the lives of nine patients who were undergoing treatment at Sunrise hospital situated on the third floor of the mall. The BMC had asked the mall management to also submit a structural audit report of the building.
“We were asked by the fire department to carry out a structural audit of the building, following which we convened the same to the mall management. After the report comes out, the BMC will be able to take a decision on whether to confiscate or raze the structure,” the official added.
He also mentioned that delay in the report is being caused as the custody of the building has been changing hands as Fire Brigade and Police Department have been doing investigations on the issue.
Meanwhile, politicians have slammed the civic administration for not taking cognitive action for not paying the due amount earlier.