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NMMC files FIRs against 344 illegal structures in 3 months

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The Hindu     14.04.2017  

NMMC files FIRs against 344 illegal structures in 3 months

Officials said that if offenders do not respond to notices, then an FIR is filed and the structure can be demolished.File photo  

Action follows HC orders to initiate criminal proceedings in such cases

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has registered FIRs against 344 illegal structures in Navi Mumbai following a Bombay High Court order to initiate criminal proceedings against builders and developers responsible for illegal constructions encroachments.

The NMMC had registered 95 cases from April 2016 to January 1, 2017, while 344 case were registered in just the last three months. Of these, 174 cases were registered in the last ten days with various police stations. Deputy Municipal Commissioner (encroachment), NMMC, Amberish Patnigere, said, “Cases were registered even in the previous year, but this time, there is a clear rise in the number because of the High Court orders. We will continue to register the FIRs when we do not get a response from the respective party after we serve a notice,” Mr. Patnigere said.

The FIRs were registered as per Sections 53 (power to require removal of unauthorised development) and 54 (power to stop unauthorised development) of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act. “As per the law, when we get to know of an illegal construction or encroachment, we inspect the place and verify the illegality. Later, we serve those responsible a notice as per which within 32 days, the party has to present themselves. They have to pay the penalty and regularise the structure if that is possible, or demolish the structure. If there is no response, after 32 days, we can demolish the structure. Demolishing the structure is one part, while registering the FIR is a procedure for the criminal offence,” Mr. Patnigere said.

“After the FIR, we arrest the respective people, and the offence being bailable, they get bailed out. We file a charge sheet within 90 days, after which the trial starts,” Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Galande from the APMC Police Station said.

The highest number of cases are against structures in Vashi ward, with 104 cases registered with the Vashi and APMC police stations. This is followed by Nerul with 56 cases, Ghansoli with 44 and and Airoli with 45 cases. Thirty cases have been registered in Koparkhairne ward, 29 in Turbhe, and 36 in Belapur.

If convicted, offenders will face imprisonment from one month to three years, and a fine of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000. In case of a continuing offence, they may face an additional daily fine up to Rs. 200.


Corporation to remove barricades from NH

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The Hindu        07.02.2017  

Corporation to remove barricades from NH

CAUGHT IN A ROW:Barricades have been erected by the city police along the median of Vyttila-Edappally section of National Highway 47.— Photo: Thulasi KakkatThulasi Kakkat  

The Kochi Corporation will remove barricades erected by the city police between Vyttila and Edappally along National Highway 47.

Though the civic administrators had issued a notice to the city police for their removal, the barricades remained there eight days later.

The police reportedly erected the barriers to prevent unauthorised crossing of the busy road across the median.

Display of advertisements

Deputy Mayor T. J. Vinod said the police were trying to make money by permitting advertisements on the barricades. Legally, no advertisements are permitted in the city without clearance from the civic body.

“In this case, the advertisements were displayed illegally and without the clearance of the corporation,” he said.

The civic body would complete the legal formalities and remove the boards shortly, he added.

The High Court of Kerala had prohibited the display of advertisements along the median of the national highway, he said. An attempt to allow billboards on lamp posts along the median was also rejected by the authorities. Under such circumstances, agencies such as the police should have refrained from the illegal display of advertisements, he said.

Beautification project

Meanwhile, the Cochin Bypass Beautification Society officials said they were waiting to hear from the authorities on the issue.

When the Society entered into a tripartite agreement with the corporation and the National Highways Authority of India for the beautification of the road stretch, it was agreed upon that no advertisements would be displayed there, said M.E. Muhammad, secretary of the Society.

It was also agreed that the workers engaged by the Society would be permitted to prune the branches of trees along the median. But, two months ago, the police held a worker for pruning the branches of trees, he said.

The Society would have introduced measures for preventing illegal crossing of the national highway as reported by police. If the authorities failed to settle the issue, the Society would withdraw from the project, he said.

It was nearly three years ago that the Society came forward for beautifying the stretch. “It has already spend Rs. 1.10 crore for the beautification project,” Mr. Muhammad said.

Police trying to make money by permitting advertisements on barricades, says Deputy Mayor


240 illegal structures demolished in Hyderabad

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The Hindu        Telangana  (Hyderabad)  28.09.2016

240 illegal structures demolished in Hyderabad

LAW WAKES UP:Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation workers pulling down an illegal structure on Tuesday.— Photo: Nagara Gopal
LAW WAKES UP:Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation workers pulling down an illegal structure on Tuesday.— Photo: Nagara Gopal

In a swift move, the Telangana government razed down more than 200 illegal structures on a single day on Tuesday in various parts of the Greater Hyderabad region.

The Telangana government, which had promised to act severely on encroachments and illegal constructions on nullahs and lakes, sent squads comprising municipal, revenue, police and other department officials to remove structures in all the 24 circles under the control of the civic body. In two days, the number of illegal structures demolished crossed 240.

In some areas like Gachibowli, Banjara Hills, Malkajgiri, Ashok Nagar, Yellareddyguda, Balanagar and Kapra, residential and commercial structures built on nullahs were demolished. In Deepti Sri Nagar in Nizampet, which was flooded in recent rains, four buildings were brought down.

The squads also pulled down unauthorised floors and buildings. Pillars and floors were broken down in Somajiguda, Kawadiguda, LB Nagar and other areas. A number of dilapidated structures were also bulldozed. The squads were instructed to initially go after illegal structures that were commercial with no court order in their favour.

Some residents tried but failed to prevent the authorities from carrying out the demolitions. Property owners argued that the drive was illegal as they were not given prior notice.

Responding to the State government’s call for information on illegal constructions, 118 complaints were received on the GHMC helpline.

The government has kept 3,639 houses ready for BPL families who will be affected in the drive. These houses, located on the city outskirts in Qutbullapur, Shamshabad and Bandlaguda, were built under the JNNURM housing scheme. GHMC officials also conducted a check on 379 hotels and slapped Rs 1.4 lakh in penalties for offences such as illegal dumping of waste.

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