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NMMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe takes action on undisciplined Digha officials

Among ward offices in Navi Mumbai, the one with lowest reputation is Digha. Officials of Digha ward office always comes under the scanner for corruption. Allegations are that for amassing personal wealth officials are hand in gloves with local corporators and land mafia in giving way to hundreds of illegal constructions on government land.

It is learnt that the corrupt functioning of Digha ward office reached the new Commissioner,  who stunned everyone by paying a surprise visit to the ward office and issued stern diktats to officials to mend their ways or face action.

Digha is the haven of illegal construction and encroachment. Local corporators of NCP Navin Gavte, Aparna Gavte and Deepa Gavte have come under allegations of not only sheltering but also partnering with land mafia to erect hundreds of illegal buildings and selling them to ignorant buyers, most of who are poor migrants and cannot afford the real estate otherwise.
Over the years, hundreds of acres of government land has been encroached upon by politicians and land mafia to build illegal structures.
The issue has been taken to the Bombay High Court by a local activist. A final decision is awaited. Meanwhile, the same issue rocked the last budget session of the Maharashtra State Assembly many times in March this year.
Taking note of the seriousness of the matter and to curb an illegal construction in the state, the government will henceforth hold responsible even civic officials and local police officers for negligent attitude against illegal construction and for being hand in gloves with the builders. At the same time, developers will have to face stringent action like MCOCA for construction of illegal structures. During a debate in the house during the, in a question raised BJP MLA Ashish Shelar brought up the PIL about bogus documents used by a Navi Mumbai based builder, the Bombay High Court directed Navi Mumbai Police commissioner to appoint an officer to take cognizance of the issue. And this is happening even in Mumbai and Thane. While replying to this question Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cited an example of Digha and said that a builder constructed the same illegal structure even after it got demolished earlier. On the top of it, he also made an agreement with the buyers mentioned a clause that it is okay if the government would regularize it else buyers will be responsible for the illegal structure.


Taking serious cognizance of this the Chief Minister informed the house that they are planning stricter law like MCOCA for those indulging in these acts and corporators, government officials and police officials will all be made accountable under the act.


The Chief Minister said that as developers knew that even if they go ahead with an illegal construction and sell out flats to poor people, the government is going to regularize it on humanitarian ground, in the interest of poor. So they go for random illegal structures and that is why there is need to for guilty builders and corporators to go behind bars for atleast two years. Bureau report – NMTV News.



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