An alarming 82% of structures in Thane city are unauthorised, an RTI query has revealed.
As per the reply furnished by the information officer of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on June 13, 2016, out of a total of 1,67,106 buildings in Thane city, only 18% of the structures (i.e., 30,336) are authorised, while a whopping 1,36,770 are unauthorised or illegal. These are figures as of March 31.
Thane-based NGO, Alert Citizen Forum, had filed an RTI query with the TMC on May 23, 2016, seeking the number of unauthorised buildings in the city.
Area-wise break up of illegal buildings:
- Uthalsar – 8,822
- Naupada – 5,393
- Kopri – 7,780
- Kalwa – 11,221
- Mumbra – 9,022
- Railadevi – 19,733
- Vartak Nagar – 11,957
- Manpada – 9,875
The TMC in its reply, said that it collected property tax to the tune of Rs 345.94 crore in 2015-16. Of this, only Rs 62 crores was contributed by authorised buildings, while Rs 283.94 crore was contributed by unauthorised/illegal buildings.
The number of unauthorised buildings in Thane has been on the rise over the past few years. In 2011-12, it stood at 1,24,617. In 2012-13, it was 1,28,652 and in 2013-14, it was 1,31,935. The number rose to 1,34,328 in 2014-15, according to the data.