‘Cannot redevelop 30-year-old Cidco bldgs without permission’
Tenants need to get certificate of dilapidation from state designated panel if they wish to do so
VASHI: The Bombay high court ( HC) has ordered a stay on the blanket 30- year- old eligibility provision in the government order of redevelopment of City and Industrial Development Cor poration ( Cidco)- constructed buildings in the city.
The order mandates that the tenants need to get the requisite certificate of dilapidation from the state designated committee if they wish to demolish or redevelop the building. The government- designated committee includes the municipal commissioner, NMMC city engineer, chief architect and planner of Cidco, joint deputy director of town planning at Konkan Bhavan and PWD superintendent engineers.
The stay order was issued following a writ petition filed by Sandeep Thakur, a Vashibased social activist. “The government GR issue in February states that all 30-year-old buildings built by Cidco irrespective of whether they are dilapidated or not will be considered dilapidated,” said Thakur.
He said, “The high court has stayed the order and said the dilapidated condition of the building has to be certified by a government- appointed committee. Only if the commit- tee declares that the building is likely to collapse, can the development permission be given.”
“If the committee says that the building can be restored through repairs and maintenance, there will be no question of redevelopment. The benefit of redevelopment is under the notification, and the notification specifies the committee. Unless the committee certifies it, the building cannot be cannot develop,” added Thakur.
S h iv Sena corporator Kishore Patkar, who has been in the forefront of the redevelopment demand, has said he will appeal against the stay. “I have filed a caveat in the court, but neither me nor the NMMC has been issued notices,” said Patkar.
“Look at the pathetic condition of the JN-type buildings,” said Patkar, adding, “As for the buildings being dilapidated, it was in 1997 that the state government appointed the Mirani committee had asked them to be demolished. There is an IIT report to support it.”
According to Patkar, “This is not really a stay. It is about a process being followed. We will appeal in the matter and are confident that the court once it hears our side, will vacate it early next month.”