More il­le­gal build­ings face bull­dozer

They were con­structed on Cidco land at Airoli with­out ob­tain­ing land ti­tle, de­vel­op­ment per­mis­sion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AIROLI: Con­tin­u­ing with its de­mo­li­tion drive, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) on Thurs­day de­mol­ished two il­le­gal build­ings in Diva gaon in Airoli.

The drive fol­lows a high court or­der and a di­rec­tion by Yo­gesh Mhase, ad­di­tional col­lec­tor and chief con­troller of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion (CCUC) to take strict ac­tion against unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions in the de­vel­op­ing nodes of Navi Mum­bai.

A two-storey fully con­structed build­ing was the first to be de­mol­ished at Sec­tor 9 area of Diva gaon in Airoli. The de­mo­li­tion squad then took up a four­storey struc­ture on plot 64, 65 and 66, re­port­edly con­structed by Di­nesh Kadam. Al­though the build­ing was re­port­edly un­in­hab­ited, ef­forts seemed to have been made to show that there were res­i­dents. Clothes were dry­ing and TV an­ten­nas had been in­stalled in the build­ing.

Cidco of­fi­cials also de­mol­ished a partly-con­structed struc­ture on plot E-4 and a bound­ary that had been erected around plots 36, 37 and 28.

A crowd had gath­ered in the area as the de­mo­li­tion squad reached the spot with po­lice ban­dobast. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion was han­dled tact­fully and no un­to­ward in­ci­dents were re­ported. The crowd dis­persed as the de­mo­li­tion con­tin­ued through­out the day.

“The build­ings were con­structed on Cidco land with­out any land ti­tle and de­vel­op­ment per­mis­sion from Cidco. The author­ity then re­moved the en­croach­ment ac­cord­ing to the law,” said SR Rathod, as­sis­tant con­troller of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions.

“We have a list of 219 il­le­gal build­ings and struc­tures that have been is­sued no­tices. We will en­sure that they are all razed in ac­cor­dance with the law,” said Rathod.

In the past, joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cidco V Radha had said, “We have de­cided not to tol­er­ate any en­croach­ment. Im­me­di­ate first in­for­ma­tion re­port will be lodged against Cidco, Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion or any other gov­ern­ment depart­ment of­fi­cial and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als who sup­port any il­le­gal con­struc­tion in any way.”

“We have started the process with sev­eral cases be­ing filed this year. We are also go­ing af­ter the big tar­gets,” Radha had said.

On the con­tro­ver­sial struc­tures built by the project-af­fected peo­ple (PAP), Radha had said, “It is for all to see if the multi-storey build­ings are need-based con­struc­tions of PAP. Our ac­tions are ac­cord­ing to the court or­der.”

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