WHAT THE HIGH COURT ORDER SAID
Rampant illegal constructions in the city, particularly Digha, received a huge jolt after the Bombay high court ordered the demolition of 99 illegal buildings, in Digha, rendering more than 200 families homeless
The high court bench of justice Abhay Oak and justice VL Achliya, which was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed against the alleged mushrooming of 110 multi-storeyed buildings on government lands belonging to MIDC and Cidco, asked the sub-divisional officer of the Konkan division to hold a meeting of the planning agencies — Cidco, NMMC and MIDC. Expressing concern over the rising number of illegal buildings in Navi Mumbai, the bench asked the sub-divisional officer to assign these agencies the task of demolishing illegal structures in areas under their jurisdiction
to be demolished as per the HC order, 90 are on MIDC land and four on land belonging to Cidco. The court asked the Konkan division to hold another meeting with the planning agencies to resolve the jurisdiction issue of the remaining 5 buildings for action to be taken.
The high court also warned elected representatives in Digha not to obstruct the drive as it would be considered contempt of court The court also asked MIDC and Cidco to file criminal cases against those responsible for the construction of illegal buildings