Savli-1A big drama unfolded at the Savli village that has been in the news for the controversial demolishing of illegal constructions. NMTV News Correspondent Arvind Mane captured the scene of action from early morning. In the biggest demolition drive, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) demolished 339 houses in Savali village, located in Ghansoli. The illegal houses were demolished on Monday out of total 357 houses in the area. While eight houses got a stay order from Supreme Court, nine houses and a temple that were built before 1985 were not touched by the officials. The operation started at around 12 noon and went on till 3 pm. Four dumpers, eight JCB’s, 12 trucks, 400 labourers besides other officials were part of the demolition drive. Even police had kept tight bandobast during the drive while services of four fire brigade vehicles, NMMC ambulances as well as 12 MSEDC officials were also taken during the operation. As soon as the drive got over, CIDCO started levelling of the ground where the agency plans to build a Central Park. The houses of the residents who are staying in the area since last 30 years were not demolished while Supreme Court has given a stay till January 9 to eight houses. On receiving the news about the drive, former mayor Sanjeev Naik went to the site and talked to CIDCO officials. When Sanjeev Naik tried to stop the drive as a result of which he along with 26 others was detained by Koparkhairane police. Notices were served to all the residents and the entire drive was conducted legally. As per the law CIDCO has made provision of alternative accommodation for original inhabitants, but they are very few. Residents of the node who have been for long fighting the illegal encroachment seemed to be happy with this act. Arvind Mane – NMTV News.

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