FIRs filed against errant builders in Navi Mumbai, illegal buildings are being demolished

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NAVI MUMBAI: Twenty-three FIRs have been lodged by MIDC at Rabale MIDC police station against unscrupulous developers who encroached upon government land and cheated poor home buyers in Digha.

Another three with regard to illegal buildings in Digha have been filed by activist Brajesh Mishra under Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act. Four of the accused builders have been arrested and sent to jail after high court slammed the authorities for their lax attitude.

But the demolition drive to clear 90 illegal buildings, which have come up on MIDC land, has still not started as residents of these buildings are obtaining stay orders from the court. Two of the buildings targeted by MIDC demolition team, Ambika Building and Moreshwar Apartment, have got stay till December 31, delaying the action.

“Our demolition team is ready to strike. When a seven-day notice is served to the building, residents get ample time to seek the court’s help, derailing our plan. This happened more than once since December 1, when we were scheduled to start the demolition. Now we are unsure when to start the drive,” said P B Chavan, executive engineer of MIDC.

Three buildings were razed in October by MIDC, rendering over a 100 families homeless.

A coordination committee, comprising MIDC, CIDCO and NMMC officials, has also been constituted as per court order, to verify property documents of such structures before moving to file FIRs and demolish them.

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