HC suggests spl cells to receive encroachment complaints
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said that
special cells -- on the lines of police control rooms -- could
be set up to receive complaints regarding encroachments and
Hearing a PIL on illegal constructions in the
neighbouring Thane district, division bench of acting Chief
Justice J N Patel and Justice B R Gawai said, "Government
should have a control room or cell where any citizen can lodge
complaint about unauthorised construction in his area."
Taking a strong view, court said: "Root of the problem
(of unauthorised constructions) is your officers failed to do
their duty. You have to have special disciplinary agency."
"Have you ever dismissed any municipal commissioner or
CEO of municipal council for encroachments?" court asked.
The court also sought details of action taken against
"slumlords" under the provisions of Maharashtra Prevention of
Dangerous Activities Act, as a part of anti-encroachment
efforts, by April 7.
"We fail to understand why government fails to identify
those who are involved in unauthorised construction," the
The judges lamented that in the past two years,
authorities in Thane had done little except completing surveys
of illegal construction.
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