Cidco razes Ulwe bldg, PAP protest
Three-storey structure brought down amid heavy police security; politicians back project-affected
ULWE: The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) on Friday demolished a ground-plus-three-storey structure in Ulwe’s Sector 10 despite opposition from the projectaffected people (PAP). The PAP had, using political intervention, succeeded in protecting the under construction building, from being demolished on two occasions in the past.
On Friday, when the Cidco team arrived at the spot, tension again gripped Ulwe as the PAP shouted slogans against Cidco and even blocked the approach route in a bid to stop them from bringing down the structure. Heavy police bandobast was in place to maintain law and order.
Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) leader Raviseth Patil said, “We will not tolerate if any PAP structure is touched. This is not political pressure but a social one.”
“Cidco needs to relook its policy and implement it properly. Cidco MD Sanjay Bhatia had said that structures within 200m of the villages will not be touched, but others beyond it will be demolished. These structures are amidst several other buildings and within the limits set by Cidco. How then can Cidco demolish them?” said Patil.
Congress leader Mahendra Gharat said, “For the airport and Nhava Sheva projects, Cidco comes with folded hands to the PAP. It has not taken action
against the illegal godowns, but is going against the PAP’s houses.”
The warring parties then proceeded to the Uran police station to lodge a complaint.
According to a source,
Subhash Gosavi, an official from Cidco’s Unauthorised Constructions Department who was heading the demolition drive, was told by the Cidco management that he had to get the job done or he would face departmental
action. Following the orders, Gosavi returned to the site and as the crowd disbursed in the afternoon, demolished the building. Gosavi did not comment on the demolition despite repeated attempts.
Cidco officials demolish the ground-plus-three-storey structure in Ulwe on Friday.