Candidates bank on illegal constructions
VASHI: Around 40 candidates of different parties are backing those who have illegal constructions in the city. And, this could work in their favour and help them win the civic elections.
The state gover nment’s decision to implement cluster development scheme in gaothan areas of Navi Mumbai to legalise 20,000 need-based constructions of the project-affected people has led to more illegal constructions.
As candidates have assuring residents that their illegal constructions would be regularised, those who have newly constructed buildings too are hopeful of getting houses regularised.
Ille gal constructions are underway on a large scale in Ghansoli and Rabale areas and they picked up last week when NMMC employees had four-day holiday.
Due to illegal constructions in villages and gaothan areas, population increased. This led to an increase of 29 wards in NMMC region, say sources.
As per a City and Industrial Development Cor poration (Cidco) survey, there are 14,000 illegal constructions in the city but in reality they have increased five-fold.
A local socialworker said: “The gover nment has announced implementation of cluster development scheme in gaothan areas which will help legalise illegal need-based expansion of houses of the project- affected people. Many have been built by land mafia in gaothan areas in connivance with lcorporators, police, Cidco and MSEDCL officials.”
He alleged that for over a dec- ade, illegal constructions have become politicians’ vote bank. “If illegal constructions in urban areas are taken into account, the number of wards would have gone up by 40,” he said.
Political observers said 40 candidates will be elected to NMMC as they are backing those who built illegal constructions.
A source said: “After they are elected, they will illegal constructions. If a corporator is elected from a ward, dotted with unauthorised constructions, the number of illegal constructions will go up manifold as he will not allow action against such structures. This will take its toll on planned development of the city.”