Squat­ters on Sion-Pan­vel high­way get no­tices

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The var­i­ous en­croach­ments that have come up along the Sion-Pan­vel high­way, lead­ing to the Pune road, will soon be cleared. The Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RDC) has is­sued no­tices to 500 peo­ple to re­move their stalls.

RDC is co­or­di­nat­ing with the other agen­cies to en­sure there is not a sin­gle en­croach­ment left on the stretch.

NH4 be­gins from Kalam­boli and ex­tends through Pan­vel. Ear­lier, the high­way was un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of PWD. A few years ago, it was trans­ferred to RDC.

Since the traf­fic vol­ume on the high­way is high, there are reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls near Pan­vel. An el­e­vated road was con­structed to counter it. How­ever, ow­ing to the pres­ence of some com­mer­cial shanties op­po­site ST bus de­pot, there is still some work left. Source say that a monthly rent rang­ing from Rs10,000 to Rs20,000 is paid for the shanties on the roads.

The area be­tween Ne­tra­jyot Hospi­tal and Kiba ho­tel has re­port­edly been rented out by a lo­cal claim­ing to be project-af­fected, for a nurs­ery, garage and other com­mer­cial pur­pose.

PMC Shiv Sena group leader, Ramesh Gudekar has reg­u­larly raised the is­sue of en­croach­ment.

Gudekar said, “Shops sell­ing old fur­ni­ture are hur­dles in the reg­u­lar flow of traf­fic and may lead to ac­ci­dents.”

Sanjay Gangurde, ex­ec­u­tive engi­neer, RDC said, “Ar­range­ments have been made for ma­chin­ery, per­son­nel and the in­fras­truc­ture re­quired for re­mov­ing the en­croach­ments. ”

“Around 500 en­croach­ments along the high­way have been is­sued no­tices. We will soon hold a meet­ing with the deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) and Pan­vel re­gional of­fi­cer and ac­tion will fol­low im­me­di­ately.”


A flower stall set up on the busy high­way has led to more traf­fic snarls along the stretch.

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