Did You Illegally Extend Your Property? BMC Is Watching From The Top
It is quite common among city residents to extend their balconies or cover open areas that are mandated to remain uncovered under building laws. Such extensions are razed once officials of government agencies receive complaints, visit the site and initiate action. Now, it will not take physical inspection to catch those trying to encroach public space in Mumbai to their advantage – they are being watched from the top. To monitor illegal construction, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now making use of technology.
After its failure to curb rising illegal construction in India's financial capital, the municipal corporation is now using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to video-record each property with a 360° view. While sizing up the property, the technology will also enable the BMC to measure the road on which a building is standing – this will help it make sure no encroachment of public land takes place.
It was last year that the BMC launched the project that is estimated to cost Rs 12 crore. The municipal body will synchronise the data thus received with the 15-digit identification number it allots to each property in the city.
According to media reports, the municipal body has already surveyed over a lakh properties using the technology that helps the BMC get a 360-degree view of properties. So far, there are no plans to monitor the city’s slums using this technology, though.
Now, what happens if it is found that you have illegally encroached public property? The BMC will send you a notice first, after which will be paying a fine for violation. Do note here that property owners are liable to pay twice the property tax on the illegal extension.