En­croach­ers re­moved from near air­port site

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

PAN­VEL: The City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco), on Tues­day, started de­mol­ish­ing en­croach­ments in the area where it has started pre-devel­op­ment work for the air­port. Ac­cord­ing to sources, it is fac­ing strong op­po­si­tion from the lo­cals.

Cidco has started devel­op­ment work near the air­port, wherein some unau­tho­rised en­croach­ments have come up in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­lief (R&R) pock­ets. This is ham­per­ing devel­op­ment work near the air­port area.

SJ Gosavi, con­troller of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions, Cidco, said, “Our joint manag­ing di­rec­tor V Radha has taken up a lot of ef­forts to ne­go­ti­ate the mat­ter with the project-af­fected peo­ple (PAP) and also con­trac­tors work­ing in the air­port area.

“A num­ber of meet­ings took place with the con­cerned of­fi­cers to start the work im­me­di­ately. The joint MD also vis­ited the sites and is­sued suit­able di­rec­tives on the spot to take up the de­mo­li­tion,” said Gosavi.

Ac­cord­ing to Gosavi, “That’s why the CUC depart­ment took up the de­mo­li­tion drive on May 10 in the Wadghar area of Pan­vel. We de­mol­ished a ce­ment ar­ti­cle fac­tory along with the of­fice. Eight brick kilns were re­moved from R & R pocket num­ber 1 and 2. A tem­po­rary can­teen was also re­moved.”

When CUC team reached the se­cond pocket of R& R, it was ob­served that three chawls were oc­cu­pied by ten­ants. They strongly op­posed the de­mo­li­tion of chawls, said Gosavi.

Num­ber­ing around 300, the res­i­dents and lo­cal lead­ers de­manded their com­pen­sa­tion un­der air­port re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Gosavi said, “Cidco has al­ready sur­veyed the said area, but the com­pen­sa­tion of plot is awaited. Ow­ing to this, we did not take up the de­mo­li­tion of the chawls.”

Gosavi said that dur­ing the drive, the lo­cals stopped the work of the R& R pocket con­trac­tor. They got into a scuf­fle with the en­gi­neer and labour­ers of the con­trac­tor.

Ad­di­tional police force had to be rushed to the area with top police of­fi­cials in­ter­ven­ing to bring peace.

The de­mo­li­tion drive led by SJ Gosavi, CUC, in­cluded SR Rathod, ACUC, RS Cha­van, as­sis­tant des­ig­nated of­fi­cer and other of­fi­cers who car­ried out the de­mo­li­tion drive amid strong op­po­si­tion.

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