Res­i­dents home­less af­ter de­mo­li­tions

AT AIROLI Cidco stops raz­ing a seven-storey build­ing af­ter res­i­dents hand over of­fi­cials a stay or­der from the court

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

CBD BE­LA­PUR: In con­tin­u­a­tion with the de­mo­li­tion drive against il­le­gal build­ings acrorss the city, Cidco started tak­ing ac­tion at Airoli on Wed­nes­day.

A few months ago, the high court took note of the mush­room­ing il­le­gal build­ings and or­dered the agen­cies to clamp down against the men­ace. Yo­gesh Mhase, ad­di­tional col­lec­tor and City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) chief con­troller of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion (CCUC) have be­gun tak­ing strin­gent ac­tion against the unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions.

The first was a seven-storey build­ing at Sec­tor 20 while an­other was a two-storey build­ing at Sec­tor 1. The two-storey build­ing was un­der con­struc­tion and was com­pletely de­mol­ished by the of­fi­cials.

Most res­i­dents of the sev­en­storey build­ing had va­cated their houses af­ter get­ting Cidco’s no­tice. Those who had not protested against the drive by try­ing to stop of­fi­icials from car­ry­ing out the de­mo­li­tions.

Even as the de­mo­li­tion of the seven-storey build­ing was on, with three storeys de­mol­ished, a stay or­der from the court was

re­port­edly pre­sented to Cidco of­fi­cials. They then stopped the de­mo­li­tion mid­way.

Ac­cord­ing to a res­i­dent, “One of the res­i­dents in the build­ing liv­ing on the first floor had paid Rs23 lakh for the flat. He thought that it was a huge bar­gain as a flat in an op­po­site build­ing had been sold for Rs70 lakh.”

De­spite the stay or­der, res­i­dents said they would be un­able

to con­tinue liv­ing in the build­ing as it had been weak­ened due to the par­tial de­mo­li­tion and hence ren­dered in­hab­it­able.

The au­thor­i­ties then de­mol­ished the two-storey struc­ture at Sec­tor 1.

A Cidco of­fi­cial said, “Th­ese struc­tures were con­structed on Cidco land with­out hav­ing any land ti­tle and de­vel­op­ment per­mis­sion from Cidco. Ac­cord­ingly,

the cor­po­ra­tion un­der the due process of the law re­moved the en­croach­ments.”

He added, “We did not de­mol­ish one build­ing com­pletely due to a stay or­der of the court.”

The de­mo­li­tion drive was led by the CUC team. The drive was un­der­taken with the as­sis­tant and sup­port of po­lice of­fi­cers and po­lice per­son­nel from Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Res­i­dents protest dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion drive at Airoli’s Sec­tor 20 on Wed­nes­day.

A seven-storey build­ing at Sec­tor 20 be­ing pulled down.

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