HC pulls up UMC, Maharashtra Govt over illegal constructions

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Mumbai, Sep 19 (UNI) Expressing its displeasure over Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation's (UMC) failure to control the menace of unauthorised constructions in the corporation area, the Bombay High Court today embarrassed the Maharashtra government by asking it as to when it would be able to establish the rule of law in the satelite city.

Referring to an affidavit filed by Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department saying that despite repeated directives the municipal administration did not act against illegal constructions, a division bench comprising Justices J N Patel and Amjad Sayyad remarked that the government had ample powers to control any situation and it should not express such helplessness in courts.

Assistant Government Pleader S R Nargolkar tried to impress the court, saying the state has assured the Corporation to provide whatever help required to take action against unauthourised constructions, including funds, machinery and manpower. But, he fairly conceded that controlling the upcoming illegal constructions was quite difficult, which prompted the court to direct the state government to file an affidavit as to when it would be in a position to establish the rule of law in Ulhasnagar.

The court also asked the state government to file, within eight weeks, a report of whatever action it has taken against the illegal constructions in the corporation area.

This direction came on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Hari Tanvani, a resident of Ulhasnagar.

UNI

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