Published On : Fri, Oct 9th, 2015

Raze illegal constructions in Dhantoli, orders HC

Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, on Thursday, ordered the Nagpur municipal corporation to demolish the illegal constructions in hospitals, hotels, marriage halls and other buildings in Dhantoli zone. Also, the court has given one week’s time to the NMC to provide exact information of demolition of unauthorised constructions. if NMC officials fail to do so, appropriate action will be taken against them, the court warned.

The order has been pronounced during the hearing before justice Bhushan Gavai and Prasanna Varale. As per the affidavit submitted by NMC after March 27, 2014 orders, in Dhantoli zone there are 70 hospital buildings out of which 37 buildings have kept vacant space for parking as per the sanctioned plan, while in 33 buildings either illegal constructions have been done in allotted parking space or changed user from residential/commercial to hospital/nursing. The owners of these buildings had been given notice under Maharashtra town planning act 53. But, none of them demolished the illegal constructions on their own, considering this, the court has passed the strict orders.

Dhantoli is crowded by hospitals as in each and every lane hospitals are opened. Directors of these hospitals have violated the parking space and other specified rules.

Dhantoli Nagrik Mandal president Vilas Lodhe had filed a PIL on this matter. By filing an intervention in this PIL, secretary of Nagpur congress committee, Sumukh Mishra pleaded to include offices of various businessmen, marriage halls, hotels along with hospitals. Dhantoli and Ramdaspeth are not just turning out to be a medical hub but a commercial hub as well.

Lawyers, chartered accountants and other professionals have set up their own offices in these two areas. Most of them are not following the rules related to parking space, Mishra mentioned in his application.

On petitioners behalf Adv K H Deshpande and Adv Ashwin Deshpande, on interventioner’s behalf Adv Anand Parchure and for NMC Adv Sudhir Puranik put their sides. The owners of these buildings had been given notice under Maharashtra town planning act 53. But, none of them demolished the illegal constructions on their own, considering this, the court has passed the strict orders.