Cidco demolishes three-storey illegal building in Ulwe village
THE HC HAD ASKED THEM TO GET PERMISSION FROM CIDCO WITHIN 90 DAYS TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR PLAN OR TO DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURE
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) on Wednesday razed a three-storey building that was constructed illegally for a three-star hotel at Govan village in Ulwe.
According to Cidco officials, the plot on which the building had come up belonged to a local villager. The area falls under the regional park zone (RPZ), where only farmhouses and residences for single families are allowed. The landlord did not take any permission before constructing the building.
“The plot belongs to one Gharat from the village, but we don’t know who built the structure. The construction was started early last year. We served a notice to them after we learnt about it. They then moved the Bombay high court challenging our notice,” said Manoharan Menon, officer on special duty to chief controller of unauthorised constructions.
The high court had asked them to get permission from Cidco within 90 days to go ahead with their plan or to demolish the structure. “They failed to get permission from us, but they did not demolish the construction even after 90 days. So we proceeded according to the rules of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act and razed it on Wednesday amid police protection,” he said.
The developers had taken every possible step to prevent demolition. They had blocked the roads to the building by putting rocks at several places. But Cidco officials, along with the team from the NRI police station, managed to carry out operation smoothly.