The Mumbai high court has passed an interim order restraining the Maharashtra government from regularizing any of the 63,000 unauthorized properties, including 30,000 slums, in Kalyan and Dombivli. This decision of the government has once again brought to light the illegal development works carried out in the city. A PIL was filed by Dombivli resident Kuastubh Gokhale against the illegal structures mushrooming in the area. In response to the PIL, the Mumbai High Court ordered a survey in which 67920 structures were declared as illegal. These records were presented by public advocate Pradeep Patil to a division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice J P Devdhar. Out of these illegal structures, 4920 structures either sis not exist or did not have the scope for development, as said by Advocate Pradeep Patil. In November 2007, the state government passed the order of regularizing unauthorized properties at a private plot after the complete legal procedures were completed. This decision of the state government was challenged by the petitioner in court. Based on the survey, the High Court ordered the complete survey of the remaining 4920 structures and stalled the PIL for 2 months. It is said that after this decision, the illegal structures at Ulhasnagar would also come in the limelight. We spoke with the KDMC Commissioner R D Shinde about the matter to which he stated that he would not be able to comment on anything till they receive something in writing from the authorities. With cameraperson Rajendra Prasad, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
April 2, 2008