The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sent two notices to Goregaon Sports Club in Malad (West) within a week, warning them of action against unauthorized additions and alterations made to the venue, which violate safety standards fire. On January 3, the civic body demolished the illegal constructions within the compound.
The club president, however, slammed the restaurant’s ongoing renovations and blamed the opposition for spreading false information.
The P North ward office issued the first notice under Section 488 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act on October 4.
He said ongoing restoration work on the first floor of Block A had merged the store and kitchen while the bar counter was contrary to the approved plan. Additionally, restaurants were operated at the connecting passage between blocks A and B and the seats blocked the emergency exit, thus posing a risk in the event of a fire.
“The cafe kitchen door has been moved from the approved plan. In addition, monsoon shelters were constructed in the passage and on the terrace of blocks A and B using MS pipes and traction. All work was carried out without the permission of the BMC, which could lead to a major fire hazard,” the notice reads.
Following fires in commercial premises, the club would have to get rid of all unauthorized construction or else it would be held liable for any untoward incident, he added.
Three days later, the second notice was issued, on October 7, reminding the club that despite BMC action earlier this year and the first notice, illegal construction continues.
Ward official P North said: “We have asked them to take immediate action and demolish all these unauthorized alterations, especially in the context of the Kamala Mills fire which killed 14 people in 2018. Some violations could result in a fire hazard.”
Vinay Jain, club chairman, said: “This is complete misinformation and we have already responded to the BMC advisories. Our restaurant being under renovation, we have set up a temporary kitchen where we serve breakfast. This club is run by an elected body and our opposition is filing a complaint to harass us. There is no merit in them.
From next week, the temporary kitchen will be closed, he added.
The annual membership fee for this club is ₹16 lakh with GST.