The District Collectorate has identified 85 religious structures that are encroaching on public places.
Four of these can be regularised,says a revenue branch report placed in the recent meeting of a committee appointed to survey illegal religious structures that have come up under the jurisdiction of the collectorate.
The 85 structures were identified by our officials and these are not located in the areas under the corporation. Each case is being dealt independently, said a senior official who is also the member secretary of the committee.
The exercise to mark religious structures encroaching on public places as to be removed,not to be removed or to be shifted was initiated in 2011.
While the collectorate readies the details of such structures,the committee sees whether they obstruct traffic and studies if they are located on roads,foothpaths or land reserved for necessary services or encroach upon areas belonging to government offices,hospitals and educational institutes.
According to a GR issued by the Maharashtra government,such committees have to be formed at the state,district and corporation levels. The district panel is headed by the district collector. For corporation areas,the municipal commissioner heads the panel. The committees comprise the police commissioner,the ZP chief executive officer,the municipal commissioner,and members of cantonment boards,MIDC,CIDCO and MHADA.
The committee also ensures that the removal of such structures is justified and takes care of the sentiments of the local people.