Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has said the government will formulate a law to stop illegal constructions that could include rehabilitation of illegal residents and action against builders and officials responsible for this illegal activity.
Chavan was replying to a question in the state legislative assembly on Thursday on relief for residents in Pimpri Chinchwad whose buildings have been declared illegal and are to be demolished.
Summing up the sentiment of the members in the house, speaker Dilip Walse-Patil asked the government to consider immediate relief for the residents as "a sword hangs over the heads" of those who will lose their houses.
In March, the high court directed that more than 66,000 illegal constructions in Pimpri Chinchwad should be demolished.
"No relief can be given by us as the court's order has to be followed. What the state government can do is to approach the court for some relief and we will do that," the chief minister said.
"In the limits of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation alone there are 66,324 illegal constructions. In all, there are over 1.25 lakh illegal constructions. Since a permanent solution to the problem of illegal constructions needs to be worked out, a committee has also been set up to look into ways to resolve the issue," he said.
The 14- member committee has been set up under the aegis of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. "There are several issues like reservation of DP road, green zone, buffer zone, ordnance depots, bus depots, that have to looked into. These cannot be overlooked as the city has to grow," Chavan said.
Members of the house mentioned that the issue affected several cities and therefore requires a law that is applicable across the state. The speaker suggested that a two-day extended session be held to focus on resolving the issue.
Some members also sought to know why the solution worked out in Ulhasnagar (where illegal structures were ordered to be regularised) could not be applied in other places. The chief minister responded saying that this was not possible as most structures in other places did not pass the structural stability test.