It is probably the first time that the state will act against some of its own people for violating coastal regulatory zone norms.
The state government has decided to take action against officers of the suburban collectorate and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, who allowed slums to come up along a 30-acre plot at Ganpat Patil Nagar in Dahisar. The plot falls under the coastal regulatory zone (CRZ), which is environmentally sensitive.
Minister of State for Urban Development, Bhaskar Jadhav, said, “The state will take action against the civic official in charge of removing encroachments. Simultaneously, since the plot falls under the revenue department we will see to it that the errant officer at the suburban collector’s office is also pulled up.” Congress Member of Legislative Council (MLC), Charansingh Sapra, raised the issue in the Council on Tuesday.
“There are around 1,200 unauthorised hutments on the plot,” Sapra said. “There is a skywalk coming up barely 600 meters from this plot and the contractor has erected the fabrication unit on this plot for which it has no permission.”
BJP MLC, Vinod Tawde, added that government officers and the BMC should share responsibility for the encroachments.