‘Cleared il­le­gal struc­tures on 80 acres in a year’

De­spite staff crunch, 1,200 struc­tures pulled down be­tween April 2015 and March 2016, in­clud­ing 70 to 80 build­ings that came up with­out per­mis­sion on the land ac­quired by them

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

Eighty acres of land have been freed of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions in the past one year, City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) of­fi­cials said on Wed­nes­day.

From April 2015 to March 2016, Cidco has de­mol­ished around 1,200 con­struc­tions, in­clud­ing 70 to 80 build­ings that came on up on the land ac­quired by them with­out their per­mis­sion. The chief con­troller of unau­tho­rised construction (CCUC) of the town plan­ning agency car­ried out around 110 demolition drives across Navi Mum­bai dur­ing this pe­riod.

A ma­jor­ity of drives were car­ried out at Kharghar, Nerul, Ghan­soli, Vashi and Pan­vel. How­ever, the CCUC had to can­cel around 30 drives, in­clud­ing two in Digha in Airoli, ow­ing to var­i­ous rea­sons such as non­avail­abil­ity of po­lice ban­dobast and protest from res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures pro­vided by the CCUC, foot­path en­croach­ment is higher in Raigad district, while most il­le­gal struc­tures are seen in Thane district from Be­la­pur to Airoli.

“Some res­i­dents are il­le­gally con­struct­ing houses and ho­tels on their own plots or on plots ac­quired by us. The lists of many such unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions are ready with us. We will take req­ui­site mea­sures to de­mol­ish those soon,” said Manoha­ran Menon, of­fi­cer on spe­cial duty to chief con­troller of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions.

“Our depart­ment has just 10 field staffers to keep a tab on the unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions. This num­ber is not even 1% of the of­fi­cials the BMC has for the same pur­pose. Even af­ter that, we have freed up over 80 acres, which is much more than the land freed up by the BMC.”

“Cur­rently, we are con­cen­trat­ing on the unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions in Cidco and NMMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion. The state gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing a pro­posal of giv­ing 23 vil­lages from the Navi Mum­bai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (NAINA) for in­terim devel­op­ment. That pro­posal is likely to be passed in the next two to three months. Af­ter that we will start our demolition drive in those vil­lages too,” he added. (Clock­wise from top left) Cidco razes an il­le­gal struc­ture at Go­van vil­lage in Ulwe; The de­vel­op­ers had blocked the roads with rocks to pre­vent the demolition; Po­lice­women stand guard.

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