File complaints against illegal buildings before monsoon, Thane civic chief tells residents
The Thane civic commissioner has asked people to come forward and register complaints under the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1970 (MRTP) against illegal constructions in the city before monsoon.
This will be difficult because more than 80% of constructions in the city are illegal, according to the property tax record.
In the past few years, there have been many building collapses . Most of these structures were illegal. Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva house most of these buildings. The TMC, however, does not have a proper survey or statistics on the number of illegal buildings in the city. Around 3.5 lakh people reside in illegal buildings in Thane.
To carry out the directives, the corporation will first need a list of illegal constructions.
Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC, said, “In a pre-monsoon meeting held on Wednesday, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal asked the assistant municipal commissioners and officials to prepare a list of illegal constructions. Based on this, cases under the MRTP Act are to be registered. He has asked the officers not to spare anyone.”
He added that the survey of illegal buildings will be carried out at the ward level.
“We receive regular complaints on illegal constructions and also have a list of buildings, which are dangerous. Based on the information and a fresh survey by ward officers, a list of such constructions will be prepared and action will be taken,” Malvi said.
At present, 14,14,822 sqm of illegal constructions cover the city. Most of these are on government land. Residents of these buildings will have to be rehabilitated before an action is taken against them.
Apart from illegal buildings, cases under Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act will also be registered against illegal banners defacing the city, Jaiswal said.
Under the Act, the owner, builder, contractor and architect of the illegal building will face action.