CIDCO’s department of the Controller of Unauthorised Constructions (CUC) has sought police protection from the MIDC police station of Rabale. In order to raze 4 illegal multi-storeyed buildings that have been erected on its land at Ishwarnagar in Digha, the department in their written request to the police station has asked for cop’s protection.
To comply with the order of Bombay High Court, the buildings have been already evacuated in February and the possession have been given to CIDCO. After receiving the police protection, the process of demolition will be taken forward.
The illegitimate construction in question consists of Datta Kripa, Avdut Chhaya, Durgamata Plaza and Amrut Dham. These are all ground plus 3 and 4 storey buildings, that were declared illegal by the High Court in the year 2015 during the hearing of a PIL filed by Rajeev Mishra, an RTI activist.
As per Chandrakant Katkar, the senior police inspector of Rabale MIDC police station, under whose jurisdiction these unlawful construction fall, “Yes, we have received a letter from Cidco asking for police cover so that they can conduct the demolition drive. Since other agencies like NMMC and MIDC are also carrying out the drive on illegal structures and encroachments we are yet to confirm the date of providing police protection to Cidco. We will soon consider the request.”
With the rapidly increasing multi-storied buildings due to their propinquity to the arterial Thane-Belapur road, the commercial value of these illegal constructions is high.
According to Cidco’s assistant controller of unauthorized constructions, Sunil Chidchale, “The court receiver has transferred the possession of the buildings recently which empowered us to take a call for demolition. We are waiting for the cop cover to bring down the buildings which were built illegally on Cidco land in Ishwarnagar near Anand Nagar in Digha in 2005-06. The city police chief and Rabale MIDC police station have been approached to provide us protection as our machinery and manpower are ready to strike anytime.”
These 4 buildings at Digha’s Ishwarnagar falls under the list of 99 illegitimate structures identified by the high court that was erected on MIDC and CIDCO land. The occupants who invested their money while buying reasonable houses from dishonest developers were forced to leave their house despite the assurance of the state to save their abodes.