Cidco de­mol­ishes 725 shanties at Airoli

The struc­tures at three lo­ca­tions were built on Cidco land with­out per­mis­sion

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

AIROLI: Go­ing all out against il­le­gal struc­tures in Airoli, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) de­mol­ished around 725 shanties at three lo­ca­tions in Airoli on Thurs­day.

The ac­tion is be­ing taken as per the or­ders of the Bom­bay high court and as di­rected by Yo­gesh Mhase, ad­di­tional col­lec­tor and Cidco chief con­troller of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion (CCUC) to take strin­gent ac­tion against the unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions in Navi Mum­bai.

In con­tin­u­a­tion with the de­mo­li­tion drive at Airoli, Cidco tar­geted slums in Sec­tor 17, 20 and at Neva gar­den area.

Ac­cord­ing to a Cidco of­fi­cial, “Around 250 hut­ments were de­mol­ished in Sec­tor 17, over 350 hut­ments in Sec­tor 20 and 125 shanties that had come up in Neva gar­den area.”

The of­fi­cial said that th­ese struc­tures were con­structed on Cidco land with­out hav­ing any land ti­tle and de­vel­op­ment per­mis­sions from Cidco. Ac­cord­ingly, the cor­po­ra­tion un­der the due process of law re­moved the en­croach­ments.

The de­mo­li­tion drive saw emo­tional scenes at the sites as fam­i­lies cried over the loss of their houses for which they had paid large sums.

Ajay Ku­mar, who works as a waiter in a bar and lived with his wife and two chil­dren in one of the shanties, said, “A year and a half ago, I paid Rs1,12,000 for a 10ft x 10ft room to two peo­ple who claimed they owned the land. They had as­sured me that I would not face any prob­lem and that they would take care of ev­ery­thing.”

He said, “I have lost all my sav­ings. Where will I now go with my fam­ily? I was away at work when I learnt about the de­mo­li­tion and rushed back. I am ru­ined.”

Bapu Pode, a lo­cal so­cial worker, said, “No­body comes to help the poor in times of their dif­fi­cul­ties. The politi­cians will come only if it is a big build­ing.”

He said, “We will hold a protest at Azad Maidan on Satur­day to protest against the in­jus­tice be­ing meted out to us.”

CON­TIN­U­ING THE DE­MO­LI­TION DRIVE AT AIROLI, CIDCO TAR­GETED SLUMS IN SEC­TOR 17, 20 AND AT THE NEVA GAR­DEN AREA.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

A JCB razes the bound­ary wall of the Shiv Vishnu Mandir in Vashi on Thurs­day. A JCB de­mol­ishes a struc­ture at Sec­tor 1 in Airoli.

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