Digha build­ings will be reg­u­larised

State hous­ing min­is­ter says Cidco, NMMC to pre­pare au­dit re­port of the il­le­gal con­struc­tions

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

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

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