Can­di­dates bank on il­le­gal constructi­ons

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­

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.”

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