HC stays raz­ing of il­le­gal struc­tures on Par­sik tun­nel

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The ac­tion against the il­le­gal en­croach­ments on the Par­sik tun­nel may have just hit a road­block, as the Bom­bay high court has given a stay to the de­mo­li­tion work.

The res­i­dents re­sid­ing above the Par­sik tun­nel on the hillock had filed a writ pe­ti­tion against the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion op­pos­ing the de­mo­li­tion no­tice put up in the area.

A por­tion of the road and a wall in Uday Na­gar area above Par­sik tun­nel had caved in on June 21. A threat of land­slide had arisen in the area ow­ing to the il­le­gal con­struc­tions re­sid­ing on this hill. Last week, the TMC, for­est depart­ment, rail­ways and the rev­enue depart­ment had ini­ti­ated com­bine ac­tion against these houses.

The pe­ti­tion was filed on Mon­day while the hear­ing took place on Wed­nes­day.

Sangeeta Palekar, the res­i­dent of Par­sik and a so­cial worker said, “The de­mo­li­tion no­tice read that the res­i­dents are sup­posed to va­cate their homes for rainy sea­son as any ac­ci­dent can take place. We were con­fused whether we have to va­cate homes only for mon­soon or for­ever. What about re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion if we have to shift, thus we filed the pe­ti­tion.”

“We pointed out to the court that the ac­ci­dent took place due to the faulty re­tain­ing wall con­structed by the TMC. The homes are away from the wall,” she said.

She added that the homes have proper tax re­ceipts and oc­cu­pa­tion cer­tifi­cate so the cor­po­ra­tion can­not de­mol­ish them. The pe­ti­tion has al­leged that the cor­po­ra­tion has not done any sur­vey of the homes and send no­tices to ev­ery­one.

Palekar added, “The pe­ti­tion was heard by divi­sion bench of Jus­tice S Kemkar and MS Karnik who has asked TMC to clar­ify the no­tice and also clar­ify their stand on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. They have is­sue sum­mons to the con­cern of­fi­cer to the court and also stayed the ac­tion till then.”

The ac­tion though is pri­mar­ily to be taken by the rail­ways and the for­est of­fi­cials, res­i­dents claim that since the no­tice was served by TMC and the wall be­longed to them, they have pe­ti­tioned against the cor­po­ra­tion.

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