San­pada build­ing de­mol­ished amid protest

IL­LE­GAL The four-storey struc­ture was con­structed on Cidco land, did not have land title and de­vel­op­ment per­mis­sion

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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.”

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