Even as a battle is raging to control slums that have proliferated in Navi Mumbai and nearby areas post-2000, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik has urged Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to approach the Bombay High Court and moot a fresh plan to regularize all the illegal constructions that have come up till 2010. It maybe recalled that Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik came out in full support of slum dwellers who have been issued notices by the Encroachment offices of MIDC, NMMC and CIDCO. Several meetings were held with the slum dwellers where the minister promised all the affected that he will not let any legal slum be demolished. And he can even go to jail if need be to ensure that the innocent do become homeless. Keeping up with his promise, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik met Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to push for a new policy to regularize all the illegal constructions that have come up till 2010. The step was taken after a letter was sent by Thane MP Dr Sanjeev Naik, MLA Sandeep Naik to the Chief Minister. Coming in the wake of the recent efforts by the authorities to demolish the illegal slums in Thane district, of which Navi Mumbai is a part, MLA Sandeep Naik makes a case for the slum dwellers. Talking about the circumstances under which the slums have come up, the letter to the CM stated that Thane district is the most urbanized one in Maharashtra after Mumbai. It has a total of seven municipal corporations and five municipal councils. Before Thane Municipal Corporation was formed, the district was looked after by zilla parishad while the gram panchayat acted aikks the planning body. Since they didn’t had enough resources to ensure systematic planning of the district, people took advantage of the same and as a result unauthorized constructions came into being. MLA Sandeep Naik urged that before demolishing these constructions, rehabilitation should be given to the slum dwellers. He added that that the government should take a sympathetic look at their case and take appropriate measures to submit a petition before the Court for their regularisation. The Bombay HC had recently ordered District Collector, CIDCO, NMMC, MIDC and other government agencies to take action against illegal constructions that have come up in the region. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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