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Police stations to tackle illegal constructions

mumbai Updated: Apr 09, 2010 00:36 IST
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In two months, the island city and the suburbs will get special police stations to deal with unauthorised constructions.

A government pleader on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that the proposal for special police stations has been forwarded to the Home department for approval.

Urban areas of Thane district will also get such special police stations, said pleader Sudeep Nargolkar. He, however, did not specify the number of police stations expected to come up.

Nargolkar was replying to a petition filed by Vasai-based non-governmental organisation Harit Vasai seeking action against illegal constructions in Vasai and Virar.

The HC has widened the scope of the petition and extended it to whole of Thane district.

Nargolkar told a division bench of Chief Justice Anil Dave and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari that a decision to remove all post-2000 unauthorised constructions in the city and urban areas of Thane district was taken at a high-level meeting at Mantralaya on Monday.

It was also decided to initiate criminal action against civic officials of Thane district if they fail to act against illegal construction.

The judges, however, were skeptical about the implementation of the decision. “Why do you need to hold meetings and discussions for demolishing illegal constructions?” asked Justice Dharmadhikari.

Uday Warunjikar, counsel for the petitioner, said the court had, about two years ago, asked the revenue authorities to survey all unauthorised constructions in Thane district, but the survey is yet to be completed.

He added that there were 2.4 lakh unauthorised constructions in Mira-Bhayander.

Ram Apte, the lawyer for civic bodies, told the court that the drive to demolish illegal buildings was on.

The court decided to ascertain the claim and directed all civic bodies from Thane district to file affidavits stating the number of unauthorised constructions pulled down by March end and April.

The court will hear the matter next on May 6.

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