Following the orders of the Bombay High Court, CIDCO is gearing up to free lands under its jurisdiction from encroachment by slum settlements. To curb the menace of encroachment in municipal councils, corporations and in CIDCO jurisdiction, the Bombay High Court, while addressing to one of the public interest litigation, gave orders for the establishment of an Anti-Encroachment Squad in all these three authorities. Following the High Court’s order, CIDCO is soon going to start an anti-encroachment squad. Initially, CIDCO had acquired land in Thane, Raigad district, Uran and Panvel of 95 villages which is about 21,000 hectares. According to the Bombay High Court orders, CIDCO would first have to survey the encroached property to check of illegal hutments or illegal building construction. Post the survey, demolition of the encroachment would have to be followed or regularized in some cases. CIDCO has completed its overall survey and now is in the process of regularization. Sumant Bhange appealed to citizens to inform them of any encroachment being done CIDCO’s office at Raigad Bhavan. Residents can contact the CIDCO officers at 27575201. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Shilpa Suryawanshi for NMTV news.
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