Cidco’s de­mo­li­tion drive against il­le­gal struc­tures hits hur­dles

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The de­mo­li­tion drive by Cidco against il­le­gal con­struc­tions, par­tic­u­larly in the vil­lage ar­eas, has come to a vir­tual stand­still.

The strong op­po­si­tion by the project-af­fected peo­ple, lack of ad­e­quate po­lice pro­tec­tion and most im­por­tantly the an­nounce­ment by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis about reg­u­lar­is­ing the con­struc­tions are be­ing cited for the ac­tion be­ing stopped.

The land mafia has been quick to take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion with new con­struc­tions hav­ing started in sev­eral ar­eas.

Cidco had ini­ti­ated the de­mo­li­tion against il­le­gal con­struc­tions fol­low­ing the or­ders of Bom­bay high court last year. Some­time back, it had is­sued a sec­ond list of 569 il­le­gal con­struc­tions that it planned to tar­get. The con­struc­tions were of post 2012 pe­riod.

Cidco had planned to take ac­tion against th­ese struc­tures in phases. Cidco had also in­di­cated Many il­le­gal struc­tures like this were razed in the past few months.

that it planned to tar­get those build­ings, con­struc­tion of which had started prior to De­cem­ber 2012, but was com­pleted later.

It had started the drive in Uran and Pan­vel talukas apart from Navi Mum­bai. A large ma­jor­ity of such struc­tures, 413, are lo­cated in NMMC area.

A Cidco of­fi­cial said, “NMMC’s pol­icy on the is­sue is not yet clear. There is also op­po­si­tion from the project-af­fected peo­ple, in­ter­fer­ence by lo­cal politi­cians and is­sues of avail­abil­ity of po­lice per­son­nel.”

He said, “With the chief min­is­ter stat­ing that a govern­ment res­o­lu­tion will soon be is­sued to reg­u­larise pre-2012 need-based houses of PAP, and that the vil­lage bound­aries will be de­cided in con­sul­ta­tion with the vil­lagers, we ob­vi­ously have to be cau­tious.”

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