NMMC to act against 19,000 illegal structures after monsoon PULLED DOWN
After a lull in its crackdown against illegal structures in the city, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will begin its drive against encroachments after the monsoon.
The action against illegal buildings was halted owing to an order from chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The NMMC is gearing up to take action against 19,000 illegal structures, to which it had issued notices before the monsoon.
However, constructions by project-affected people (PAP) in villages will be spared as the state government is yet to clarify on them.
The civic body said it plans to regularise constructions built before or in December 2015.
The civic body has for now planned to take action against illegal developers, traders, commercial users who have constructed lofts and additional illegal constructions and also against residents who have converted their balconies into rooms.
If municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe’s decision is any indication, buildings built after December 2015 may also face action.
The Bombay high court had expressed concerns over the large scale of illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai. Consequently, Mundhe had ordered action against all illegal structures.
Turbhe residents had protested against the NMMC orders. The villagers of the city even called for a bandh in Navi Mumbai. With the issue being raised on the eve of the monsoon session of the assembly, Fadnavis had met MLA Manda Mhatre, who had ordered to halt punitive action.
Sources claim that the moratorium is till September 30, however, there is no official confirmation yet.
Fadnavis has stated that all constructions up to December 2015 will be regularised. There is however, no clarity on which illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai are to be regularised. There are several such structures in villages, gaothans and its surrounding areas.
Hence, the NMMC has decided to not proceed against such structures as of now.
On Wednesday, the NMMC struck at a building at sector 48 of Seawoods, Nerul. It will now take action against several developers who have resorted to illegal constructions on Palm Beach Road, high profile structures of NRI colony and so on.
“The NMMC had issued around 19,000 notices to illegal constructions and encroachments two months ago. Several of those who have received notices have removed encroachments or demolished the illegal construction,” said Ankush Chavan, additional municipal commissioner.
He added, “The state government has not yet given final orders on village areas, and hence no action will be taken against them.”
While the NMMC has said that PAP structures up to December 2015 will not be touched, Mundhe has repeatedly said that all new constructions after the deadline date will be under scanner.