The demolition of two ‘illegal’ floors of St Xavier’s School in Nerul’s Sector 3 by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) was stopped after a special request by the principal.
The civic body had planned to demolish the second and third floors constructed in 2000, following a court verdict. It, however, demolished just a small area of one of the classrooms of the school that was built in 1983.
The school management had gone to court against the civic body's plan but, reportedly, did not attend court, following which the court ruled in favour of NMMC.
Civic officials who arrived with 50 labourers and demolition equipment said adequate notice had been given to the school management. Thirty police personnel led by Nerul police station chief Rajkumar Chafekar were also present.
As the demolition process got underway, the principal of the school, Manisha Andhansare, requested the NMMC authorities to stop and give the school some more time.
Andhansare said, “Whatever action NMMC has taken is legal but as the principal, I feel they should allow us some time to find a way to regularise the building.”
The school is constantly in the news for problems between the management and the staff and students.