‘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

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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.”

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