De­mo­li­tion drive against Digha build­ings to re­sume on Dec 1

HC OR­DER Com­mit­tee told to sub­mit re­port on ac­tion taken against il­le­gal build­ings on De­cem­ber 8

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VASHI: Af­ter nearly a month’s break, the au­thor­i­ties are all set to re­sume their de­mo­li­tion drive against il­le­gal struc­tures in Digha. The de­mo­li­tion drive, which had been stalled owing to Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions till Novem­ber 30, will re­sume on De­cem­ber 1, said of­fi­cials.

The high court has also asked the au­thor­i­ties to sub­mit a re­port of the ac­tion taken against il­le­gal build­ings in the high court on De­cem­ber 8, added of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to the high court or­der, a com­mit­tee to oversee the de­mo­li­tion was formed. The com­mit­tee works un­der the su­per­vi­sion of as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Arun Wal­ture. Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Sha­haji Umap mon­i­tors the com­mit­tee’s work.

“We have re­ceived the for­mal or­ders from the high court and have started work­ing on it. The de­mo­li­tion will start from De­cem­ber 1,” said Umap.

“There have been in­stances of con­trac­tors, work­ers and even of­fi­cials as­so­ci­ated with the de­mo­li­tion drive re­ceiv­ing threats. The com­mit­tee will be alert to such in­stances and have the right to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion,” Umap added.

On Oc­to­ber 28, the high court had or­dered the for­ma­tion of a com­mit­tee un­der the as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice to co­or­di­nate the de­mo­li­tion drive with the three plan­ning agen­cies — the Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC), City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) and Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) — un­der whose ju­ris­dic­tion th­ese build­ings fall.

“As per the or­der, an ACP, as­sisted by a tehsil­dar will head a com­mit­tee to oversee the de­mo­li­tion. The com­mit­tee com­prises an of­fi­cial each from NMMC, MIDC and Cidco,” said Umap. “We will hold a meet­ing with po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan on the is­sue soon to chalk out the strat­egy,” added Umap.

In Oc­to­ber, the au­thor­i­ties had con­ducted de­mo­li­tion drives dur­ing which four il­le­gal build­ings in Digha were razed.

The res­i­dents of th­ese il­le­gal build­ings had re­ceived tem­po­rary respite as the de­mo­li­tion ac­tion was stopped dur­ing the Di­wali fes­tiv­i­ties with no ac­tion planned till Novem­ber 30. Res­i­dents of some build­ings man­aged to get a stay or­der as well.

ON OCT 28, HIGH COURT HAD OR­DERED THE FOR­MA­TION OF A PANEL UN­DER AS­SIS­TANT COM­MIS­SIONER OF PO­LICE TO CO­OR­DI­NATE THE DRIVE WITH THE 3 PLAN­NING AGEN­CIES

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