Navi Mumbai Temple to be Demolished after Bombay High Court’s Directive

As per a PIL, the temple was illegally constructed by NCP leader Ganesh Naik’s kin, which encroaches the land owned by MIDC.

Navi Mumbai’s Bawkhaleshwar temple is soon to be demolished by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and the state government. The verdict came after the directive of Bombay High Court on November 28.

Sandeep Thakur, who filed the public interest litigation (PIL) was heard by a division bench consisting of Justice Mahesh Sonak and Chief Justice Manjula Chellur. The petition filed by the temple trust was also dismissed by the bench that challenged the demolition notice issued by the MIDC.

Earlier on 5th July 2013, after the petition was filed, the high court gave its directive to MIDC to clear the encroachments from its open land that comprised of 1.32 lakh square at Pawane in TTC industrial. The TTC industrial includes the coconut plantation stretched across 54,000 sq. m, apart from the temple.

According to the petition filed by Thakur, Naik’s nephew Santosh Tandel had garnered a large amount of public property. Tandel, who is also a trustee of the Mandir trust also extended the temple structure upto 4-storey and an artificial pond covering over 9,600 square meters. Tandel decided to challenge the July 2013 judgement of high court in the Supreme Court. Later, the Supreme Court of India disposed of Tandel’s plea without passing any verdict on it.

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