The State government has decided to provide some relief to the illegal structures in Digha, which would have made hundreds of families homeless. The government has said that it is contemplating regularising structurally stable buildings by slapping one- time penalty on them.
Housing Minister Prakash Mehta has stated that those structures which are structurally stable can be regularised with the state charging four times the penalty that it charges for regularising illegal constructions.The issue of illegal structures in Digha had come to the fore after two Public Interest Litigation cases were filed with the Bombay High Court. The HC had ordered City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to form special squads to identify illegal constructions in their respective areas in Navi Mumbai. Total 94 such buildings were found, of which 90 had come up on MIDC land and four on CIDCO land. Locals had claimed that they were unaware of the status of the buildings and had even been paying taxes.
Nine of these buildings have been demolished. Further nine were in the possession of the court receiver. These buildings were to be demolished on January 1. However the residents approached the court and it has given a stay till January 7.
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