More than 500 illegal structures that were built in a coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) were demolished by the civic body on Wednesday.
With the help of satellite imagery, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished 475 residential and 65 commercial structures in Ganpat Patil Nagar in Dahisar.
Satellite imagery showed that these illegal structures had come up recently and were in violation of CRZ-I norms. After civic officials inspected the area, the BMC issued notices to residents of the area and demolished the structures on Wednesday morning.
“A document under the Right To Information (RTI) reveals that from 400 structures present in 1995, the number of structures increased to 850 in 2000. Structures that came up after 2000 were mainly demolished,” said ward officer Satish Narkar.
“The land [on which the structures were built] is a CRZ and a non-development zone. However, many commercial activities are also being carried out here without acquiring prior permission,” added Narkar.
Earlier, two commercial structures were demolished after a Dindoshi court ordered their demolition on the basis of satellite maps provided by the New Link Road Residents Forum (NLRRF).
The forum has been fighting for the demolition of structures in the area after they were found to be violating CRZ norms.
“Another cause of concern is the Gorai sea, which borders the area. The sea can be used by anti-social elements to enter the city,” said Harish Pandey, a member of NLRRF.