4 il­le­gal build­ings razed in Pan­vel

Eight fam­i­lies ren­dered home­less; res­i­dents of build­ings plan to file cases against de­vel­op­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT­NAV­I­MUM­BAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Four build­ings in Navi Mumbai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (NAINA), which were al­legedly lo­cated on tribal land, were de­mol­ished by City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) on Wed­nes­day.

The four build­ings, two of which were built by a de­vel­oper and the other two by lo­cals, had come up in Bhag­wati Pada in Adai vil­lage of Pan­vel.

“A de­vel­oper, Atiq Syed Mal­lick, had started the con­struc­tion of a three-storey and a four-storey build­ing on the tribal land two years ago. We had is­sued no­tices to him a year ago terming the con­struc­tion il­le­gal and ask­ing him not to sell flats in the build­ing,” said Sub­hash Gosavi, an of­fi­cial from Cidco’s Con­troller of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion depart­ment.

“An­other no­tice was served a month ago to the de­vel­oper and the four to five fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in the build­ing. Since they did not pay heed to the no­tices, we de­mol­ished the two build­ings and two oth­ers in the area.”

Eight fam­i­lies liv­ing in the build­ings were ren­dered home­less due to the ac­tion.

“We paid Rs12 lakh for the flat in the build­ing,” said res­i­dent Ram­nath Patil.

Res­i­dents of the build­ings are plan­ning to file cases against the de­vel­op­ers.

“The de­vel­oper mis­led us. We had no clue that this was an il­le­gal con­struc­tion. We are plan­ning to file a po­lice com­plaint against the de­vel­oper for cheat­ing us,” said Patil.

“I had got pos­ses­sion of the flat last Fri­day and the in­te­rior work was go­ing on. All my sav­ings are gone,” said Shaikh Nasser Mo­hammed, a for­mer BMC em­ployee.

“Why was this ac­tion not taken ear­lier when we had not

in­vested our money? Ac­tion should be taken against the Cidco of­fi­cials in­volved,” said Mo­hammed.

Unau­tho­rised struc­tures have mush­roomed in the city in the past few years.

The plan­ning agency has stepped up ac­tion against il­le­gal build­ings and en­croach­ments in the past few months, following the high court or­der.

It had warned of fil­ing first in­for­ma­tion re­port against of­fi­cials found guilty of be­ing in­volved in il­le­gal con­struc­tions.


A bull­dozer de­mol­ishes one of the four build­ings in Bhag­wat Pada in Ada vil­lage of Pan­vel on Wed­nes­day. (Right) A cop keeps guard as of­fi­cials carry out de­mo­li­tion work.

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