Railways says it does not own Mumbai hoarding site; GRP ‘lie’ exposed | India News

Railways says it does not own Mumbai hoarding site; GRP 'lie' exposed

MUMBAI: Railways have sent a letter to Mumbai crime branch confirming that the Ghatkopar plot, where a hoarding collapsed on May 13 claiming 17 lives, does not belong to them. The letter thus confirms that the plot belongs to Maharashtra govt which allotted the land to GRP for police housing and welfare.
Accused Bhavesh Bhinde, director of Ego Media which erected the billboard, had managed to secure approval from GRP to put up the structure though it needed civic clearance as it was not central govt land.“For doing anything on it, they had to follow civic regulations,” an official said.
BMC notices to GRP on the hoardings were countered by GRP officials on grounds that BMC had no jurisdiction over the plot. Additional municipal commissioner Ashwini Joshi said, “The hoardings were illegal, which is why we issued notices. But GRP responded that the notices are without jurisdiction and should be withdrawn.”
Civic officials said GRP had refused to be subjected to BMC jurisdiction on licenses and fees for hoardings on their plot. GRP claimed that it fell within the definition of railways though it is under state govt. Under BMC rules, hoardings have to be restricted to a size of 80×80-ft. However, Ego Media erected four hoardings flouting the rule with GRP’s protection.
Meanwhile, court has remanded Bhinde to police custody till May 29.

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