Navi Mumbai: Complaint against illegal seven-storey building in Ghansoli | Navi Mumbai News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: Even as the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has toughened its stand against illegal constructions in the city, an activist has complained to the civic body about an illegal seven-storey building which has come up in the Gaothan area of Ghansoli node in sector 30 D.
“I have been complaining to the local officials since October last year about the construction of this illegal building in Ghansoli, just behind the Nest Heritage complex. However, since no action was taken during the lockdown period, this illegal building without a name is now seven floors high,” said activist Sanchu Menon, who also met the municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar regarding this issue earlier this week.
While Bangar has directed the local assistant municipal commissioner to fully inquire into this unauthorized construction, Menon added, “It is surprising that one has to go to the seniormost officer in the civic body in order to complain. If action had been taken last October itself, this problem could have been nipped in the bud.”
Meanwhile, civic officials have informed that of the 97 notices served against illegal constructions in the city, action has already been taken against 48 such structures in the recent past, under the rules of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966.
Another activist Anarjit Chauhan added, “While we welcome the tough measure undertaken by the NMMC, a lot more needs to be done, especially in Ghansoli node, where there are still several illegal constructions. Also, besides the local assistant municipal commissioners, the regional deputy municipal commissioners (DMCs) must also be held responsible for the increasing unauthorized constructions.”
Chauhan added, “Ghansoli is a controversial node within CIDCO and NMMC; so I feel that land mafia is using its modus operandi to grab as much of public land through unauthorized methods. It was very clear from 2017 with a standing order of the then municipal commissioner N Ramaswami to act on any encroachments once a complaint is filed. Hence officials of various agencies, departments, should also be pulled up for allowing illegal constructions to grow.”
He added that the civic chief should also follow the administrative protocol of first intimating the additional commissioner and the DMCs, so that the junior officials can then be further instructed to follow the orders in cases of encroachments and illegal constructions.


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