NMMC to act against 19,000 il­le­gal struc­tures af­ter mon­soon PULLED DOWN

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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