Digha buildings will be regularised
State housing minister says Cidco, NMMC to prepare audit report of the illegal constructions
AIROLI: It’s a major relief for residents of the buildings in Digha which have been declared illegal.
On Saturday, the government said it plans to regularise the buildings and also offer an option of redevelopment. The government is planning to file an affidavit on the issue in the court.
After the Bombay high court’s order in September last year, 99 illegal buildings in Digha were demolished, rendering more than 200 families homeless. The City and Industrial Development Corporation( Cidco), Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation ( NMMC) and MIDC had been told to raze illegal buildings in their jurisdiction.
The demolition action that had been initiated in December has been stayed till January 7, after residents moved court. The planning agencies — Cidco, MIDC and NMMC — have served notices to the building and action was expected next week.
At a function at Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai on Saturday, state housing minister Prakash Mehta announced the plans to regularise the buildings in Digha.
When asked what the government is doing about filing an affidavit in the court in the matter, Mehta said, “We, along with representatives of Navi Mumbai had a meeting with the chief minister on the issue.”
He added ,“It has been decided that Cidco and NMMC should prepare an audit report of the quality of construction of t he buildings declared illegal. The buildings, whose construction quality is good, will be levied four times penalty and regularised.”
He added, “In case of dilapidated buildings which are l i kely t o collapse and are dangerous for residents, alter native places s hould be looked for and the reconstruction route for the buildings should be resorted to.”
The government is expected to submit the proposal to the high court soon.
Meanwhile, there were celebrations in Digha area as news of the minister’s announcement came in. The New Year celebrations continued with sweets being distributed and slogans raised in praise of the chief minister.
Ashok Shinde, a resident of one of the illegal buildings, said: “We have finally got justice. We had spent all our savings and had even taken loans for the flat. After months, we have heaved a sigh of relief, thanks to the chief minister.”
Pushpa Jadhav, another resident of Digha, said: “For the past four months, we had a sword hanging over our heads. Today, we are relived. There are no words to express our happiness.”
We, along with representatives of Navi Mumbai had a meeting with the chief minister on the issue. It has been decided that Cidco and NMMC should prepare an audit report of the quality of construction of the buildings declared illegal. The buildings, whose construction quality of is good, will be levied four times penalty and regularised.
PRAKASH MEHTA, state housing minister