Deolali Camp: After 17 years of legal battle, the Bombay High Court has finally cleared the decks for the construction of a commercial complex at famous Levitt market here.
“The new commercial complex will be equipped with 350 shops. We received cooperation from Deolali Cantonment Board president Brig Pradeep Kaul, CEO Vilas Pawar and all the councillors in the smooth conduct of the judicial proceedings,” said DCB vice president Dinkar Adhav and councillor Baburao Mojad.
The court ruled in favour of DCB authority after separate Public Interest Litigations (PILs) were filed by the DCB apart from individual petitioners — Raju Sangamnere, Hemant Sonsathe and Sudesh Salve following no unanimity was arrived at between the traders and the DCB administration.
In the year 2000, the traders at Levitt market had allegedly objected to the auctioning process, which was being conducted by the DCB annually, for the allotment of the shops, demanding ownership of the allotted shops. With no settlement in sight, later, both the parties to the disputes had knocked the doors of the high court.
The court in its ruling in favour of the DCB, pointed to the articles 280 and 267 of the Cantonment Act, 1924 and the Cantonment Act, 2006 respectively which prohibit kiosk-holder from claiming ownership of the Cantt properties.
The court also directed the district court to take further course of action ensuring that the shops should be allotted on an annual lease/rental basis through conducting its auctions.
Every shop keeper should be allotted with 32 sq ft of place, and rest of the construction, if any, other than the allotted, should be declared as invalid or illegal, it added.