Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik has demanded that the state government should implement cluster development, slum rehabilitation scheme or basic services for urban poor scheme for families affected due to Digha demolition.
“If the state government implements any of these schemes, it will be like protecting the interests of these people without contempt of the Bombay High Court order,” said MLA Naik, in a representation given to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“Residents have been staying here for 30 to 40 years, even before the two authorities — NMMC and MIDC — came into existence. As time progressed, buildings came up in place of chawls. Most occupants belong to the lower income group (LIG) and are today rendered homeless due to the demolition drive. If any of the schemes are implemented by the Maharashtra government, their homes can be regularised and it will be a huge relief to these residents,” pointed out Naik.
Following the court order, MIDC and Cidco have been carrying out demolition drive in Digha against 94 illegal buildings. Ninety buildings had come up on MIDC land and four on Cidco. The court had directed both the agencies to furnish compliance report by October 23.
The order was passed while responding to a PIL filed by activist Rajeev Mishra. Hundreds of residents protested against the drive and tried to stop Cidco and MIDC officials from razing their homes. Earlier, in August, around 2,000 residents took out a morcha from Rabale to Ghansoli, along the Thane-Belapur Road, demanding regularisation of their buildings, which were termed illegal by the court. They had also submitted a charter of demands to MIDC officials after the morcha.
The residents of these buildings are demanding that when buildings like Campa Cola have been spared of action, why were they being targeted. They also demanded action against corrupt officials who turned a blind eye when these constructions were coming up.