Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Thane worst affected by Forest Land Issue

According to a report appearing in DNA, Mumbai edition of 27th March 2008, Thane seems to be the worst hit by the Bombay High Court ruling that has termed many housing societies to be on forest land. As many as 25 prominent housing projects are likely to be affected, forest department records show.

Some of the schemes that will be affected are Rutu Enclave, Neelkanth Towers, Vanashree, Sai Krupa Complex, Whizkids, Suraj Water Park and Hiranandani Estate .

Sources in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) say most of these housing projects were served stop work notices, which the builders ignored.

The TMC has records of all the stop work notices that were issued. Since the notices were issued when the buildings were still under construction, the builders cannot claim that they did not know that the constructions were coming up on forest land, said a senior TMC official. The government can therefore demolish all such projects, the official added.

Residents who have bought flats by shelling out hefty prices are now panicking, but builders and brokers from Thane district are confident of finding a solution to the problem.

The latest observation of the Bombay High Court pertains to about 1,500 hectares of land in Thane city, Kalyan, Murbad, Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath, Navi Mumbai, and Vasai tehsils of Thane district.


chansmart said...

which other issue is going on regarding thane forest land?

Misc said...

Hi Vinod

wating for the revert on my earlier question.thanks in anticipation

Vinod Chand said...


You had left a comment on another page titled, update on forest land issue.

I have already posted a reply on that page.


mkrishnan said...

There are lacs of people residing in Mumbai who are affected by the Forest Land Issue. The Supreme court should expedite the constitution of the 3-member bench and provide a swift justice in the Mulund forest land case. The State govt, MOEF, BMC and other local authorities should work in tandem in granting clearance and approval to construct buildings. We are seeing a classic case above entities are not working together as a result the common man is cheated out of his earnings and home that has now suddenly become a forest.

Vinod Chand said...

Mr. Krishnan,

If you feel strongly about being cheated by the authorities mentioned, why don't you and like minded people get together and file a public interest litigation against them. Also one can consider to lodge a case of cheating against the builders and the government department responsible for the sorry plight of hundreds of people.

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