Re­hab hopes float for Digha fam­i­lies

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

There could be some respite for the res­i­dents of unau­tho­rised build­ings in Digha, which the Bom­bay high court has or­dered to be de­mol­ished.

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tors Navin Gavte and Aparna Gavte met chief mi n i s t e r D eve n d r a F a d n av i s on F r i d ay and ap­pealed that he should in­ter­vene in the mat­ter.

The Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) cor po­ra­tors were ac­com­pa­nied by guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA M a n d a M h at r e, a n d N av i Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule; but no NCP leader was present.

Mha­tre said, “The high court has said that if the state gov­ern­ment has any plans for th­ese unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions, then the state gov­ern­ment should sub­mit the de­tails to the court.”

She said, “The res­i­dents of the area are in the lurch. They ploughed their life sav­ings into the il­le­gal struc­tures. We must save them from be­com­ing home­less.”

Mha­tre said, “So we ex­plained to the chief min­is­ter the sit­u­a­tion in which the res­i­dents are trapped. All of us ap­pealed to the chief min­is­ter to for­mu­late a con­crete pol­icy on the is­sue and also in­form the court about it.”

Mha­tre said, “The chief min­is­ter gave us a pos­i­tive re­sponse and we are con­fi­dent that the cri­sis will be re­solved sat­is­fac­to­rily. We hope there will be a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plan and the gov­ern­ment will also ask the court to give some time for its im­ple­men­ta­tion, and, till then, that it will stay its de­mo­li­tion or­der.”

Chougule said, “It was a very fruit­ful meet­ing and the Gavtes were as­sured of pos­i­tive ac­tion.”

The Gavtes were not avail­able for com­ment.

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