The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has passed the plan for cluster development of Thane in its general body meeting on Friday. It will, however, be decided by the state government whether to sanction the plan or not.
The need for a cluster development plan had risen after a three-storeyed building collapsed in Kalwa leaving 10 dead and five injured and six others died after a portion of a chawl collapsed in Mumbra last week.
Corporators, across party lines, demanded that a cluster zone be developed in Thane, Kalwa and Mumbra.
The civic body has already prepared the plan for cluster development and has sent it to the state government, said municipal commissioner R. A. Rajeev. The commissioner had a meeting with chief minister Ashok Chavan last week followed by a meeting with the chief secretary regarding the same.
“We have sent a proposal for dispensation in development control rules, like in Mumbai, regarding illegal buildings which are in a dilapidated condition. We have also sent a proposal for cluster development. Both these proposals are with the state government, which has asked us to carry out a survey within a month’s span of illegal buildings which can be regularised,” said the civic chief.
According to the figures given by the commissioner, there are 2,29,782 illegal buildings with the civic jurisdiction. Of these, 1,36,129 structures are on private land. The TMC has demolished 19,396 structures on private land. It is the fate of the remaining structures that will be decided by the state and the corporation once the survey is done.
Rajeev also said that the civic body will also take action against people residing in illegal buildings, be it owners or tenants, under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act apart from the builders and owners. Corporators, however, demanded that a period be fixed in order to protect people residing for a longer duration, say till 1995 or 2000.