September 27, 2016 2:11:38 am
Refusing to take action against the developers who deny houses to non-vegetarians, the BMC has said people should approach the police and the stamp duty and registration department with their complaints.
The civic administration said the action against the developers for denying the flats on the basis of eating habits does not fall under the jurisdiction of the civic body. “If a developer is taking in writing from a person whether he is a vegetarian or non-vegetarian, it does not come under the provisions of the development control rules (DCR). So, it is not possible to add this condition into the DCR. Also, it is beyond the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation to keep a check or take actions on such issues,” said Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, in his written reply to the improvements committee.
The proposal was first mooted by MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande in 2014 in the general body meeting which passed it. After the civic administration had refused to include the condition in the DCR citing the technicalities, the proposal was discussed in the improvement committee which referred back the proposal to the civic administration with their suggestions and objections.
The corporators had said the proposal is social obligation and should be considered. Also, it is the personal choice of a person about what to eat and should not be discriminated based on it. It is also an attempt to divide the society based on the eating habits for making money.
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“This issue does not fall under jurisdiction of BMC. It is related to the law and order, and it would be right for people to approach the police for any such complaints. Also, it would be appropriate to file a complaint with department of stamp duty and registration about it,” said Mehta.
Last week, Palghar police had booked 11 people for allegedly intending to outrage and hurt the religious feelings of a 35-year-old Muslim man by denying him his right to buy a flat in the Vasai housing society.
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