Protest forces Cidco to stall de­mo­li­tion drive in Ghan­soli

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

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Cidco of­fi­cials along with the po­lice raze a build­ing at Talavi on Wed­nes­day.

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