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

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

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.

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