MIDC could demolish only two of the three buildings on its agenda on Monday. Over 250 cops and an equal number of NMMC and MIDC personnel were on their toes to hold back the protestors.
However, the government machinery could start the demolition only in the afternoon, as women protestors held up drive from 9am to 3pm.
The cops faced stiff resistance from protestors squatting on the internal road connecting Thane-Belapur Road to MIDC road. The drive started only after the cops detained them.
Local leaders had even brought in students from nearby Hindmata School to join the protest.
But cops warned the school that strict action would be taken and the students were taken back to their classes.
“Women protestors were present in large numbers, which is why we delayed the drive. Finally, we succeeded in detaining most of them to start the demolition and razed two out of three buildings shortlisted for the drive on Monday,” said Shahaji Umap, deputy commissioner of police.
NMMC and MSEB had had already disconnected water and power connections to three ground-plus-four-storey buildings such as Shivram Apartment, Parvati Apartment and Keru Plaza in the morning.
But only Shivram and Parvati Apartments were demolished.
Avinash Mali, deputy engineer of MIDC and Digha in-charge said, “We are simply following the court order. We have to submit a compliance report before October 23 for which we have to demolish all 90 illegal structures on MIDC land.”
The authorities could not demolish any buildings on September 30.