Thane encroachments: State plans total removal by May 2011



Mumbai: The Maharshtra Government today told the Bombay High Court that it plans to demolish all the illegal structures in neighbouring Thane by May next year.

The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhirai was hearing PIL filed by Harit Vasai Sanrakshan Samiti.

By government's own estimate, there are some 4,95,000 unauthorised structures in the district.

At an earlier hearing, court had sought a timetable of demolition.

In an affidavit filed today, state chief secretary J N Dange has stated that demolition of commercial structures would be over by September 30, but action against residential structures would be started only in October, after the monsoon.

Though not mentioned in the affidavit, the government pleader told the High Court that entire drive is expected to be over by May next year.

Interestingly, the affidavit says that state's proposal to regularise slums which have been in existence since before January 2000 is pending as a case in this regard is before the Supreme Court.

Already, state has regularised slums prior to 1995.

Under the circumstances, the affidavit has sought more time from High Court with respect to pre-2000 slums.

The court did not pass any order today, but has sought progress report on demolition issue in three weeks.

PTI