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Town planning dept chief's Kin behind illegal construction?

The better halves of Ulhasnagar government officials are allegedly turning out to be the worst enemies of planned development in the area — termed as concrete jungle with 855 illegal constructions.

All in the family: Ulhasnagar town planning department chairperson Meena Kaur and her husband Ajit Singh Labana

In the latest instance, the husband of the chairperson of the town planning department (TPD) has been allegedly found involved in unauthorised construction. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) had demolished the structure, but its erection has again started at a rapid pace.

On February 24, this newspaper had reported (‘Ulhasnagar mayor’s husband booked under MRTP Act’) that Central Police had filed a complaint against Jivan Idnani, a co-opted councillor and husband of Mayor Asha Idnani, under Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act for illegal construction.

Now, youth wing of Ulhasnagar city Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has complained (copy available with MiD DAY) to the UMC commissioner and also the secretary of state urban development department against chairperson of TPD Meena Kaur and her husband Ajit Singh Labana.

According to the complaint, Labana is developing a land opposite barrack no 368, panel no 4 in Ulhasnagar-1. His wife Meena is BJP councillor from the same ward. Construction is going on right in front of (25 metres away) her residence.

Labana has not obtained requisite permission from UMC. On May 17, while UMC officials were razing the structure, he rushed to the spot and asked them to stop. Surprisingly, the demolition was halted, but construction started in full swing just a couple of days later.

“I am not aware of Labana’s illegal construction. I will check,” said Sagar Gholap, deputy municipal commissioner, who is responsible for restraining unauthorised construction and had demolished the structure.

Local NCP workers too shouted slogans outside the municipal commissioner’s cabin, but that changed nothing. “I will knock it down again. Sure I will,” UMC commissioner Balaji Khatgaonkar told MiD DAY.

The other side
“I have not undertaken any construction. I don’t have any knowledge of it,” said Labana when MiD DAY asked him to respond on the matter.  

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