Civic body de­mol­ishes four-storey build­ing in Be­la­pur, buy­ers up­set

Owner had sold 15 flats and around seven shops on the ground floor

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

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has started go­ing af­ter il­le­gal build­ings in the city.

Within two weeks of de­mol­ish­ing a five-storey build­ing in Nerul, it has pulled down a four­storey build­ing in Be­la­pur.

Fol­low­ing mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe’s stern warn­ing to his ward of­fi­cers that not one il­le­gal con­struc­tion in the city should be al­lowed, a sur­vey is be­ing con­ducted by them in vil­lages, gaothans, nodal ar­eas and pub­lic util­ity plots to check for en­croach­ments and il­le­gal con­struc­tions.

The anti-en­croach­ment de­part­ment of the NMMC struck at an un­der con­struc­tion G+four storey build­ing in Shah­baaz vil­lage of Be­la­pur on Wed­nes­day with po­lice ban­dobast.

The build­ing owned by Rafiq Work­ers raze a four-storey build­ing at CBD Be­la­pur on Wed­nes­day.

Kazi had been is­sued a 24-hour ul­ti­ma­tum.

Though the build­ing was un­oc­cu­pied, the owner who planned to live in one sec­tion of the build­ing had sold around seven shops on the ground floor and around 15

flats to buy­ers.

Be­la­pur ward of­fi­cer Dat­ta­trey Kale said, “The owner had a chawl here which he had de­mol­ished and started con­struc­tion of the build­ing in 2013. A no­tice had then been is­sued to him by NMMC un­der the MRTP Act to stop the work. But, he con­tin­ued with it.”

Kale said, “We is­sued him a 24-hour no­tice and since he did not re­spond, we have de­mol­ished the build­ing as it did not have the req­ui­site build­ing per­mis­sion.”

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the shops in the build­ing have been sold for Rs40 lakh each, while the flats have been sold for around Rs18 lakh.

A num­ber of buy­ers are rel­a­tives of lo­cal residents. A buyer said, “We have been cheated both by the builder and the civic body. When it knew that this is an il­le­gal build­ing, why was a board not put up here to warn us?”

He said, “We ac­cept that it is our mis­take too, but we are not very ed­u­cated and do not have much knowl­edge of the le­gal­i­ties.”

An­other man who had bought a house there said, “I had checked on the NMMC web­site which men­tioned that the build­ing is il­le­gal. How­ever, the devel­oper said that this is project-af­fected land and that Cidco has cleared it. He showed us the Cidco web­site which did not list the build­ing as il­le­gal.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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