The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) on Wednesday passed a resolution to regularise at least 15,000 “need-based” encroachments in villages in Navi Mumbai.
The resolution will be forwarded to the state government for final approval. All constructions up to May 1, 2007, will be regularised.
Cidco chairman Pramod Hindurao and state minister and Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik held a press conference at Mantralaya following the decision. Hindurao said, “Naik met the chief minister recently and raised the issue of regularisation of need-based extensions by project affected persons (PAPs).”
He added, “This unanimous decision of the Cidco board is a Diwali gift to the villagers. The regularisation will be done as per the rates announced by the state government in 2010.”
According to Hindurao, the regularisation will include the structures that are being used for commercial purposes. “We have listed 22 businesses, including grocery shops, paan shops, salons, etc, that will be allowed if they are along roads that are less than 12m wide,” he said. Mohan Ninawe, PRO of Cidco, said, “The resolution has done away with restrictions of constructions within specific distances of 200m or 400m from the villages. It is a blanket decision.” Welcoming the decision, Naik said, “The PAPs have suffered for years, this is justice for them.”