Apex Court stays Digha demolitions
Leaders, residents welcome decision, demand government action before deadline
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.”
SUPREME COURT HAS GRANTED A STAY ON THE DEMOLITION OF THE BUILDINGS TILL JULY 31, FOLLOWING A PETITION
A road was widened in Digha after illegal buildings were demolished.