572 il­le­gal build­ings on Cidco list will soon face bull­doz­ers

Ghan­soli tops with 226 con­struc­tions; Pan­vel and sur­round­ing vil­lages have 100

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter de­mol­ish­ing sev­eral il­le­gal con­struc­tions and re­mov­ing squat­ters, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) will in­ten­sify its drive. This time, how­ever, it will look at other ar­eas be­yond Digha.

The town plan­ning agency has is­sued a new list of 572 il­le­gal build­ings which have across the city in the past few months. Ghan­soli tops the list with 226 con­struc­tions.

How­ever, of­fi­cials said they might start ac­tion in Pan­vel first as they are in hurry to hand over plots to the air­port pro­ject-af­fected peo­ple (PAP).

Ac­cord­ing to the list, there are nearly 100 such il­le­gal build­ings in Pan­vel and the pe­riph­eral ar­eas such as Kalunde, Karan­jade and Wadgha vil­lages.

“Due to en­croach­ment, the work of hand­ing over plots to PAP is get­ting de­layed. There­fore, when it comes to de­mo­li­tion of the il­le­gal con­struc­tions, Pan­vel is our pri­or­ity for now,” said a Cidco of­fi­cial.

Of the to­tal 572 build­ings, some are still un­der con­struc­tion. A ma­jor­ity of them are be­ing used for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial pur­pose.

“Dur­ing the drive in Digha, res­i­dents op­posed it as many peo­ple were go­ing to be home­less. There­fore, in the new list, we have men­tioned the names of the peo­ple who con­structed the il­le­gal build­ings and the area,” the of­fi­cial said.

“This way, peo­ple get to know the re­al­ity be­fore buy­ing a house or shop in those build­ings. In spite of that if some­one buys a flat there, we should not be held re­spon­si­ble for that,” he added.

Last week, Cidco had is­sued no­tices against 27 il­le­gal con­struc­tions and de­mol­ished 17 of them. There was strong op­po­si­tion against the drive, but they man­aged it with the help of lo­cal po­lice.

Mean­while, both Cidco and MIDC have been car­ry­ing out de­mo­li­tion drive fol­low­ing the di­rec­tions of the high court. MIDC and Cidco had be­gun a crack­down on 99 unau­tho­rised build­ings in Digha af­ter the Bom­bay high court di­rected the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion to re­move all such struc­tures.

The Bom­bay high court had asked the Navi Mum­bai po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the role of of­fi­cials from dif­fer­ent agen­cies in the il­le­gal struc­tures case.

In most of the cases, Ra­bale po­lice reg­is­tered cheat­ing and forgery case un­der sec­tions 420, 120 (B) and 406, along with, other rel­e­vant sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

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