Former Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik has for the first time broken his silence over the demolitions taking place in Digha. He said, “Action should also be taken against officials who turned a blind eye to such constructions when they were coming up.”
Naik spoke after inaugurating discussion on Maharashtra 2025 — Urbanisation Challenges at the Navi Mumbai Sports Association (NMSA). “There is a need to take action against all those officials during whose tenure such constructions came up. It was because the administration turned a blind eye that such constructions mushroomed in the city and today the occupants of such buildings are paying price for it,” added Naik.
The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has cracked down on unauthorised buildings in Digha area following the Bombay High Court order. The residents of such buildings, most of whom belong to the lower income group, too, have been demanding action against officials who turned a blind eye to these constructions when they were taking shape.
The Navi Mumbai police department recently, based on complaints by home buyers, filed three FIRs against developers who had constructed unauthorised buildings in Digha. Earlier, Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik had demanded that the state government should implement cluster development, slum rehabilitation scheme or basic services for urban poor scheme for families affected due to Digha demolition.
Residents claimed that they have been staying here for the last 30 to 40 years, even before the two authorities — NMMC and MIDC — came into existence. As time progressed, buildings came up in place of chawls.
Most occupants belong to the lower income group (LIG) and have been rendered homeless today due to the demolition drive. The residents of these buildings are demanding that when buildings like Campa Cola have been spared of action, why were they being targeted.
Following the court order, the MIDC is carrying out demolition drive in Digha against 94 illegal buildings. Ninety buildings had come up on MIDC land and four on Cidco.