Cidco razes Ulwe bldg, PAP protest

Three-storey struc­ture brought down amid heavy po­lice se­cu­rity; politi­cians back project-af­fected

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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.

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