Chief Minister Ashok Chavan seems to be taking a tough stance against encroachments in the city. The Chief Minister has directed the MCGM to take stringent measures to remove encroachment from the city and deal with the politician-officers-police nexus, which is one of the main cause of mushrooming slums in the city. Taking a tough stand against encroachments, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has instructed MCGM to remove them. In a meeting in Mumbai to plan the city’ infrastructure, Ashok Chavan admitted a nexus between police, politicians and MCGM BMC officials which encourages encroachments, an official from the housing department said. The Chief Minister asked the MCGM Commissioner to deal with any such matter while removing the encroachments and said that the slum growth has to stop urgently to plan proper infrastructure in the city, the official said. In the state legislature session here last month, the Chief Minister made an announcement to conduct a land audit every two years and satellite mapping of encroachments. However, the Congress-led state government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting the legalisation of slums built till 2000. Looking at the rapid expansion of the city, Ashok Chavan asked the urban development officials to also consider neighbouring cities like Pune and Nashik while planning infrastructure for Mumbai. A Singapore-based consultant gave a presentation on the development of the city to the chief minister and other officials in Mantralaya. The consultant has suggested decentralisation of development, environment management, reclamation of Thane creek to get more land, connecting the city and a new airport near Revas. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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