Published On : Fri, Feb 26th, 2016

Has NIT any authority to demolish a colony settled on private land?

NIT-serving-vacate-notices-to-illegal-colony1Nagpur: The “guardian” of Shivkrishna Dham colony Dilip Gwalvanshi, facing eviction notice from NIT, informed Nagpur Today that the NIT notice holds no water. “The colony is not settled on any government land but on a private land since the past 8 years. The authority to remove encroachments or eviction from government lands rests with NIT. If the Nagpur Improvement Trust goes ahead with its nefarious plans to remove the well-settled families from a private land then the action would amount to the ‘deeds of a Land Mafia’. If the NIT floats a tender to remove a private land owner from his land it will certainly be termed a ‘Land Mafia.’ As far as threats of knocking the doors of courts is concerned the elements can surely do this. Justice by the judiciary will be accepted whole-heartedly. If the colony is regularized then all the settlers would readily pay the charges,” declared Gwalvanshi.

It could be pertinently recalled that the Nagpur Improvement Trust had on January 12, 2016, issued notices to hundreds of dwellers of Shivkrishna Dham colony directing them to demolish illegal structures on their own within 30 days. The notice period ended on February 11. The Chief Engineer of NIT Sunil Gujjalwar conveniently refused to divulge any information but said that no proposal in this regard has been sent by NIT’s North Division. “If such proposal is sent then the further course of action will be decided,” said Gujjalwar.

A lawyer, Sukesh Jaiswal, who resides near the colony, said that the NIT initiated the notice issuance action on the basis of his complaint. But no visible action is being seen on the part of NIT, stated Adv Jaiswal adding that the only option left is to move the courts in this connection.

Notably, Nagpur Today had run a report titled “Illegal colony on Koradi Road spared of bulldozer despite ‘vacate warning’ wheirin it was stated that the development agency has shown its true colours, again. It has betrayed its own words or notice. The development agency has failed to walk the talk. The situation could be defined in dozens of other spicy words. The development agency, in a showoff to assert its authority, had put the over 500 families on tenterhooks of an illegal colony by issuing ‘vacate notices’ to them. The notices had asked the occupants to vacate the huge land within a month on their own or face eviction by force if they failed to act. The authorities had issued the ‘vacate notices’ to the illegal colony called ‘Shivkrishna Dham’ situated on Koradi Road in North Nagpur……

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