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Sena to support BMC demolition drive despite influential owners: Uddhav

BMC should not succumb to political pressure, the Sena chief said

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Kamala Mills
BMC bulldozer takes down illegally constructed eateries in the Kamala Mills compound following the fire incident in Mumbai Photo: PTI

chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the (BMC) should not succumb to political pressure while carrying out the demolition of illegal pubs and eateries in the megapolis.

Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Thackeray said his party will be firmly in support of the BMC commissioner.

The is in power in the BMC for the past two decades.

"The civic authorities should first thoroughly confirm that the premises they are going to demolish are not complying with rules and regulations and then take action no matter how influential the owners are. will be in support of the civic administration," Thackeray said.

"BMC should not succumb to political pressure while carrying out the demolition of illegal pubs and eateries," the Sena President said.

The Mumbai civic body has started demolition of illegal constructions or alterations at pubs and eateries after a deadly fire at the rooftop pub 1 Above in compound claimed 14 lives on December 29.

The Mumbai Police yesterday announced reward of Rs 100,000 for those providing information about whereabouts of three absconding owners of 1 Above pub.

Thackeray said it reflects poorly on the police and the state's home department (which is headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis).

"Why the accused can't be traced and arrested yet," Thackeray questioned.

First Published: Sat, January 06 2018. 18:55 IST
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