CMO failed to act on reports,Chavan orders probe

CM Prithviraj Chavan has ordered an internal probe to ascertain why CMO did not act on reports submitted in 2005 and 2008 by two high-powered committees on illegal structures in Mumbra and Thane.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 8, 2013 2:20 am

CM Prithviraj Chavan has ordered an internal probe to ascertain why CMO did not act on reports submitted in 2005 and 2008 by two high-powered committees on illegal structures in Mumbra and Thane.

Chavan,who visited Mumbra after the collapse of an illegal seven-storey structure Thursday,has ordered the administration to expedite the process of plugging loopholes in the system and implement recommendations of the committees.

CM has made it clear his government would not buckle under political pressure and implement the recommendations in larger public interest.

Chavan has acknowledged 80 per cent of constructions in Mumbra are illegal and stern action is needed to end this systematic failure.

Sources in Mantralaya said,“The committees recommended a permanent police squad under municipal corporations to enable field officers to undertake demolition drives on spotting illegal structures.”

The recommendations,which are likely to be effected soon,make it mandatory for municipal corporations to maintain a full-fledged police squad and bear the expense.

The ministry of urban development is working to ascertain the amount required and how it can be enforced.

Chavan has sounded home minister R R Patil.

The government will also consider a suggestion made by the committees for an authority on the lines of Mhada in Thane/Mumbra.

Another controversial aspect is the FSI of up to 4 in Thane/Mumbra. However,the government will take a formal decision on this based on models that will be adopted for redevelopment of the township.

Chavan is keen on cluster redevelopment as recommended by the committees.

But a senior officer in Thane municipal corporation said,“The stakes of local politicians are very high and cannot be overlooked while making a new plan.”

While Thane municipal corporation is ruled by Shiv Sena,Mumbra is an NCP stronghold.

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