‘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
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.