WHAT THE HIGH COURT OR­DER SAID

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI -

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

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