The disqualification of three NCP corporators from Digha for alleged involvement in unauthorised constructions is all set to open Pandora’s box of unauthorised constructions and involvement of over 70% corporators across all parties in such illegal activities.
According to a source, “Ganesh Naik, who controls the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), has kept a list of corporators from the Shiv Sena, BJP and even Congress, who have allegedly carried out unauthorised constructions or are either involved in shielding such constructions. So, it is not going to be easy for either Sena or BJP who are dreaming of assuming power in NMMC, nor for Congress to leave its alliance partner. Not only that even the independent corporators who have carried out unauthorised constructions are likely to land in soup if they try and ditch the ruling NCP.”
The sources added that in coming days, complaints will be lodged against opposition corporators by NCP leaders. Soon, after NCP lost standing committee chairman post to Shiv Sena’s Shivram Patil, a complaint regarding alleged unauthorised constructions carried out by Patil in Koparkhairane was lodged by former NCP corporator Keshav Mhatre with civic chief Tukaram Mundhe.
Though Patil has dismissed charges against him as baseless and motivated by political ill-will, municipal commissioner Mundhe has already started investigations into the matter. Not only this after Mundhe took over as civic chief there has been a rise in the number of complaints of unauthorised constructions being carried out by corporators.
Mundhe has said, “There will be no discrimination when it comes to taking action against unauthorised constructions or against those involved in it and action will be taken as per the law against those involved in such unauthorised constructions.”
“Corporators from all the parties, educated or uneducated, from gaothan areas or city areas are involved in construction of unauthorised buildings. Over 70% of the corporators of the existing 111 are involved in unauthorised constructions. If not they their spouse is part of the building which has been developed in an unauthorised manner,” said a source.
He added, “The town planning department has not given permission for constructions and despite this so corporators have constructed high rises.”
The issue of unauthorised constructions in Navi Mumbai hogged limelight after the Bombay High Court took serious note of such developments on MIDC land in Digha and ordered demolition of over 90 buildings. The law provides for disqualification of any of the elected representative or his spouse if they are involved in unauthorised construction or if they are found to be shielding them.