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MIDC delays action against illegally constructed Bavkhaleshwar temple

The MIDC is delaying taking action against Bavkhaleshwar temple, constructed illegally on an area spread over 33 acre in Khairane MIDC, as the police are not available.
Last month, the Supreme court rejected an appeal against the action. MIDC has already taken possession of the land.

An MIDC official said, “Now that the court process is over, we plan to remove the structure from the area. Plots will be demarcated and sold by MIDC. A large posse of policemen is required for action against the temple structure. There is a danger of obstruction during the demolition action and hence all care needs to be taken.”
The area also has two more temples and the entire area has been beautified.
Former minister Ganesh Naik’s relative Santosh Tandel allegedly encroached upon 3,000 sqm land at Reti bunder along the creek in CBD Belapur. The glass house structure built there was used by Naik for his official and personal purpose.
In Khairane industrial area, MIDC’s 33 acre open plot land had witnessed the construction of three huge temples by Bavkhaleshwar Mandir Trust.

Vashi-based social activist Sandeep Thakur had filed a PIL in the high court against the illegal constructions . The Bombay high court had issued orders in 2013 that the land be taken over by the local planning agencies. The glass house at Reti Bunder was demolished by Cidco.Tandel had appealed against the order in the Supreme court, which was rejected. MIDC has now sealed the entire 33 acre area, including the entry gate of the temple. According to a police officer, “MIDC has submitted a letter seeking police bandobast. But, police force is not available. We have been busy with the Panvel election and now with the farmer agitation. We will respond to the request soon.”


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