Digha project-hit to pay as per ready reckoner for rehab
CBD BELAPUR: The amended resolution for the rehabilitation of the Digha Naka residents and shopkeepers whose structures were removed recently for widening of Thane-Belapur road was approved by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation general body on Friday.
As per the new proposal, those being rehabilitated, instead of paying the nominal Re1 as proposed earlier, will now pay rent as per the ready reckoner rate. The lease agreement with them will be for 30 years.
Digha Naka had been a traffic bottleneck for the past eight years on the busy Thane-Belapur road.
While the rest of the road had been widened and concretised, the stretch remained narrow as the residents and shopkeepers in the area refused to shift. The matter had reached court and despite the locals losing it, there had been no action.
Speaking during discussion on the proposal in the meeting, corporator Monica Patil said, “The residents of Talavli village who lost their houses and shops in the road-widening project had been assured rehabilitation. What has happened with regard to it?”
Corporator Mandakini Mhatre raised the same issue. Corporator Jagdish Gavte demanded that the rehabilitation not be based on rental basis but be done free.
Responding to the discussion and suggestions, NMMC commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said, “The proposal has been framed with long-term planning. The property has been given to us by MIDC. We had asked the owners to give us clear title of their plots which they didn’t. It would have helped us give them larger areas.”
He added, “Those who were registered with the gram panchayat have been given 400 sqft for commercial and 230 sqft residential. If we give to others, it will be beyond the norms. The area given is as per what the general body had passed.”
He said, “All that is being done is within the framework of law. We have only introduced the read reckoner rate payment system.”