Sanpada building demolished amid protest
ILLEGAL The four-storey structure was constructed on Cidco land, did not have land title and development permission
As officials of the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) along with the police reached Sanpada village to demolish a four-storey building, the family who had built the structure tried to stop them.
On Thursday, Sanpada saw another major demolition at plot number 159, Sector 5.
The Naik family of a 65-yearold woman, her four sons, wives and children lived in the building.
Cidco officials said the permission to build the structure was not taken and went ahead of the demolition in spite of the protest.
“The ground plus four structure that had been constructed on Cidco plot has been demolished. It had not been allotted as yet under the 12.5% scheme. Any construction here should have taken place only after due permission,” said EM Menon, OSD to controller of unauthorised Constructions, Cidco.
The family protested when the demolition squad reached the building.
First, they pleaded with the officials asking for a month’s time. But, when that did not work, they started screaming and became violent. The family obstructed the JCB by lying in front of it, preventing it from proceeding with the demolition.
The woman also injured herself with a brick in a bid to stop the demolition. Cidco officials demolish the four-storey building at plot number 159, Sector 5, on Thursday. (Right) The family, who owned the building, try to stop a bulldozer from carrying out demolition work.
The police, led by senior police inspector of Sanpada police station Ananda Hodge, then used force, resorting to mild lathicharge. Later, one of the woman’s sons climbed the building and threatened to jump from it.
It was after much persuasion,
the police managed to get him down.
Talks again resumed between Cidco officials and the family, which asked for a month’s time.
“We had our house here and we have not given the plot to any builder for development. We built it ourselves. We were
going to stay here. I have four sons and their families who need to be accommodated,” said the woman.
The Cidco officials made it clear that they have to demolish the structure.
The woman then hit herself with a brick on her head and fell
unconscious. The sons alleged that their mother had died due to Cidco officials’ action. With no possibility of ambulance coming to the area, the woman was put in a police van and taken to hospital.
Fearing the court diktat, none of the villagers who had gathered there intervened. The local corporator too did not stop the demolition.
“As per the directives of the high court to demolish the illegal structures in Navi Mumbai, we carried out the demolition drive at Sanpada village,” Menon said.
He said, “It was constructed on Cidco land without having any land title and development permission.”