The BMC’s P-North ward has issued a notice to M/s Sony Pictures Network India Pvt Ltd and its owner Ashok Nimbissan for undertaking illegal construction/ alteration in the television channel’s office building on Link Road in Malad West. The notice was issued under the relevant sections of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP) Act, 1966, and has been issued by the executive engineer of the civic body’s building proposal department
The notice reads, “It has been reported that you have commenced, undertaken, carried out development, instituted or changed the use of land, premises, which are not in accordance with the permission granted or in contravention of any condition subject to which permission has been granted.”
The irregularities listed include passage being covered to make canteen and kitchen, make-up room and server room into electric room, cabins used for storage and editing room, contrary to the approved plan.
As per the notice, the alleged construction/ alteration is on the second to the fifth floors of the interface building-7. Sony has been asked to reinstate, restore or remove the unauthorised development changes. It has also suggested to the owners to apply for retention of the work before the executive engineer (building proposal department) within a month from the receipt of the notice.
The notice has clarified that on failure to comply with the requisition, the unauthorised work will be demolished by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai at the company’s risk and cost.
Assistant municipal commissioner Makarand Dagadkhair said the company has been given 30 days to respond to the notice, when they should apply for regularisation, or else it would be removed. The spokesperson of Sony TV did not give an official comment on the notice to this newspaper.
“We are surprised to receive a notice from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, alleging structural changes at our Interface premises. Sony Pictures Networks has been operating from Interface for more than 15 years and have never received any indication of any violation. As a law-abiding organisation we comply with all applicable rules and regulations. We are reviewing the notice and will respond appropriately,” Sony Pictures Networks India said in a statement.