The Maharashtra government has once again changed its cut-off date for regularizing slums, extending it to five more years that is January 1 2000 and post-2000 slums shall be not regularized. In a significant announcement, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deskmukh stated that the cut-off time for regularizing slums has been extended to January 1 2000. Initially it was January 1, 1985. This was then changed to 1990, 1995 and now 2000. It was in the year 2004, that the Chief Minister undertook a massive drive against illegal slums. Some 92,000 illegal shanties were razed within two weeks then but the fear of a political backlash forced him to slow down his drive and later change the deadline to 2000. He further added that the government is considering setting up a separate police department to be headed in BMC to deal with anti-encroachment drive in the city. While the Chief Minister was trying to justify his decision, the opposition is demanding special funds for the city’s development every year. Bureau report NMTV.
October 9, 2008
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