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Illegal constructions: Three Thane corporators disqualified after probe

NCP’s Manohar Salvi, Shiv Sena’s Ram Egade and MNS’s Shailesh Patil were named in three different cases.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
November 4, 2015 1:05:02 am

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) issued orders disqualifying three corporators Tuesday, one from the Shiv Sena, another from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and a third from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), following inquiries against them for alleged illegal constructions.

The TMC decided to disqualify NCP’s Manohar Salvi, Shiv Sena’s Ram Egade, and MNS’s Shailesh Patil under Section 10(1) D of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act after a final hearing of the corporators with Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Monday.

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A TMC spokesperson said the three corporators were allegedly involved in three different cases of illegal construction in Thane district.

“We conducted an inquiry as per due process. The decision is final from our side. The disqualified corporators are free to appeal against it in the courts,” he said.
Patil is alleged to have carried out illegal construction on his own plot. Egade is alleged to have purchased an illegally constructed property in the name of his wife, while Salvi had allegedly obstructed the demolition of an illegal construction and bashed up a TMC official in the case.

Unauthorised constructions have been a problem across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Real estate analysts estimate about 2 lakh homes of the approximate 2.8 lakh houses across Thane and the Kalwa-Mumbra-Diva townships are unauthorised.

Two years ago, at least 74 people died as a building, constructed illegally in Mumbra under TMC’s jurisdiction, upper floors collapsed.

Separately, the TMC also issued a circular on Tuesday to streamline the approval process for development permissions from the TMC, about a month after Thane builder Suraj Parmar allegedly committed suicide complaining about “red-tape” holding back clearances.

A TMC official said, “Earlier, middlemen and architects used to submit development proposals seeking incentives and relaxations.

Now, we have put in place a proper system where the architect will have to submit a fact sheet of the proposal containing main features, approvability as per the Development Control regulations, relaxations sought with reasons and compliance of conditions.”

The pre-application proposals will be scrutinised at the level of the deputy engineer before submission.

Similarly, the TMC has also laid down a clear map for the processing of proposals post application.

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