The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) hammer continued for a second day in a bid to crackdown on illegal construction of restaurants across the city. A part of Smaaash, a well known destination for various games and food arena in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower, was also demolished on Sunday as part of the drive.On day two, all three additional municipal commissioners (City, Western Suburbs and Eastern Suburbs) supervised the demolition drive.Two rooftop illegal structures of Smaaash were demolished during the two hour-long drive. Devendra Kumar Jain, Assistant Commissioner of G South ward, said that the structures were illegal, and were spread across 5,000 square feet area. He added that a total of five illegal structures in Kamala Mills Compound, including a Cafeteria on the open terrace of Welspun House, were razed.Sheesha Restaurant in Raghuvanshi Mill Compound in Lower Parel under the G South ward of BMC also faced the same fate.The kitchen and shed spread were also demolished.The BMC also took action against Bar Stock Exchange in Chembur.Two after a massive fire at 1 Above and Mojo’s Bistro restaurants killed 14 and injured several others, a total of 355 hotels and restaurants came under BMC’s hammer on Sunday.During the day-long drive, the BMC also sealed 30 hotels and restaurants across the city. While some were partially shut, others were sealed completely. Some hotels which were sealed were Orange Mint, Pramila Bar in Chembur, Mumbai King in Saki Naka, Hotel Spice, and Jai Bhawani restaurant in Phoenix Mall in Kurla, among others.Of the total 30 hotels and restaurants which were sealed, 22 were in L ward (Kurla) and three each in R North and S Wards (Bhandup), while one each in M West (Chembur) and D ward of BMC. Most of the hotels sealed were found flouting fire safety norms and had illegal extensions, among others. Some hookah parlours were also sealed by the BMC.The civic administration did not spare clubs and the Gymkhana in H West ward as well. Other clubs where the action was taken included Khar Gymkhana. In all, the BMC removed illegal extensions either on rooftops or at the front of the structures. The BMC also seized 426 cylinders during the drive.
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