Apex Court stays Digha de­mo­li­tions

Lead­ers, res­i­dents wel­come de­ci­sion, de­mand govern­ment ac­tion be­fore dead­line

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

DIGHA: Res­i­dents of Digha, re­sid­ing in il­le­gal build­ings re­ceived a huge re­lief from the Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day.

The court has granted a stay on the de­mo­li­tion of the build­ings till July 31, fol­low­ing a pe­ti­tion by the state govern­ment against an or­der of the high court, re­fus­ing a stay.

The high court had or­dered that the pos­ses­sion of the build­ings be taken and they be de­mol­ished.

Kam­lakar Apart­ment in Digha was sealed by the court re­ceiver and handed over to MIDC on Wed­nes­day.

The govern­ment had ap­pealed in court that no de­mo­li­tion is car­ried out by it in the mon­soon sea­son from June to Septem­ber.

While the high court had re­jected it, the Supreme Court has pro­vided in­terim re­lief. It has asked the state govern­ment to sub­mit a new pol­icy on the is­sue to it.

Wel­com­ing the de­ci­sion, NCP MLC Vidya Cha­van, who had led a mor­cha of Digha res­i­dents to guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde’s house on Satur­day said, “This is a huge re­lief to the res­i­dents. We have been fol­low­ing up on the is­sue in both houses. We are hope­ful that the state govern­ment will now act in the in­ter­est of the Digha res­i­dents and stop the dirty politics that is tak­ing place.”

She said, “The Shiv Sena is putting pressure on the chief min­is­ter not to bail out the res­i­dents as they lost votes in the area in the last elec­tion.”

She said, “We will soon be hold­ing a mor­cha on the is­sue and ap­peal to the res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in large num­bers to send a strong mes­sage to the govern­ment.”

Local cor­po­ra­tor Aparna Gavte said, “We had met the chief min­is­ter last Friday and he had as­sured that the govern­ment will come out with an or­di­nance or govern­ment res­o­lu­tion to pro­vide jus­tice to the res­i­dents within a month. The court has now given a month and a half.”

She added, “I am sure the govern­ment will come out with a strong pol­icy and en­sure that the poor res­i­dents get jus­tice. We are ready to pay nom­i­nal fine to en­sure that our houses are reg­u­larised.”

On the politi­cial one up­man­ship on the is­sue, she said, “We do not care who takes credit for this as long as the peo­ple of the area get jus­tice. We are fight­ing for it un­der the ban­ner of Digha Sang­harsh Samiti an as­so­ci­a­tion of local res­i­dents.”



A road was widened in Digha af­ter il­le­gal build­ings were de­mol­ished.

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