NMMC has written to the police department to slap Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) charges on those indulging in such activities.
A civic official said, “Brokers who sell these flats and architects who prepare the draft plans will now be taken to task. Despite not owning land, some villagers have sold land to developers. They have taken some monetary compensation and also kept half the flats for themselves. The NMMC believes they should all be penalised.”
There are 29 villages in Navi Mumbai and most have been subjected to illegal constructions in recent times. The Bombay high court has already ordered the demolition of 99 illegal buildings in Digha. Despite the court order, there is no stopping illegal constructions in the region.
NMMC has initiated a strong drive against such illegal structures with action being taken in the past few days in Karave, Darave and Ghansoli. They will now shift focus to Airoli and Gothivli villages.
Kailash Gaikwad, deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment), NMMC, said, “A letter has been given to the police commissioner to book under MCOCA those who dupe the people by selling them illegally constructed houses. Similar cases will also be slapped against those who prepare bogus documents of the land, the architects and brokers who facilitate such sale. This will act as a strong deterrent to others to stay away from such actions.”
The NMMC has repeatedly said it is not taking any action against the houses of PAP which the government has proposed to regularise. Action is only being taken against the new constructions in the villages.
According to the official, “Some well-known architects, despite knowing that the construction is illegal, have made plans for developers to construct in return for financial benefits. NMMC plans to book them too and also get their registrations cancelled.”