Protest forces Cidco to stall demolition drive in Ghansoli
A demolition drive in Ghansoli’s Talavli area of Sector 22 was carried out on Wednesday.
Strong opposition from locals forced the Cidco officials to stop the drive, leading to partially demolishing a ground plus one building.
The police personnel had a tough time controlling residents from protesting by disrupting the demolition drive. Women residents with children tried to stop the officials from carrying out the work.
A large crowd of villagers gathered at the spot to stop the demolition. As the crowd got restless, police had to shift the Cidco officials to its van. The villagers then surrounded the van and jostled to get the officials out. The demolition was then stopped midway. Cidco officials said it would resume later when the situation cools down.
“There used to be a chawl here since 1965. Since it was in a dilapidated condition, it was pulled down and a ground plus one structure constructed in its place. How can this then be con-
sidered illegal? This is projectaffected people’s (PAP) land and property,” said a elderly woman, not wishing to be named
Manohar Patil, a leader of PAP Kruti Samiti, said: “It is obvious that PAP are once again being targeted by Cidco. We are holding a meeting and will take
out a protest march to Cidco.”
A Cidco official said the structure demolished is a ground plus one structure constructed on Cidco land without having any land title and development permission. “Cidco is following due process of law to remove the encroachment,” he said.
Cidco officials along with the police raze a building at Talavi on Wednesday.