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VASHI: The tus­sle be­tween own­ers of ho­tels and restau­rants in the city and the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) over the use of mar­ginal space in front of their premises has re­vived with hote­liers threat­en­ing to go on strike if the is­sue is not re­solved in the next two weeks.

The Navi Mum­bai Ho­tel Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (NMHOA) has re­newed its 15-year-old de­mand, ask­ing the civic body to charge them for us­ing the mar­ginal space all through the year.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare said, “There is a pos­si­bil­ity of the space be­ing used com­mer­cially, which will lead to park­ing and other is­sues. Hence, a num­ber of res­i­dents have op­posed the move.”

He added, “There could also be prob­lems in case of fire if the mar­ginal space is not free.”

Wagh­mare said, “Due to th­ese rea­sons so far we have not given the per­mis­sion. How­ever, in fu­ture we could con­sider giv­ing sanc­tion at places where such is­sues will not prop up.”

Dayanand Shetty, pres­i­dent, NMHOA, said, “Restau­rants of­ten face a paucity of space. To cater to the grow­ing num­ber of cus­tomers, we have to pro­vide space out­side our restau­rant for them to wait for their turn, or else they will opt for an­other restau­rant. Who would want to face losses in his busi­ness?”

Ma­hesh Shetty, gen­eral sec­re­tary, NMHOA, said, “We have as­sured the civic body that the space will not be used for com­mer­cial pur­poses. How­ever, the civic body is yet to re­spond to our de­mand, which will ben­e­fit the civic body too.”

Ravin­dra Shetty, joint sec­re­tary, NMHOA, said, “We have once again ap­proached the NMMC. We fail to understand why it has been ig­nor­ing us?”

Ravin­dra said, “If we do not get a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the civic body within the next two weeks, we will call a strike of all the ho­tels and restau­rants in the city.”

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