150 slums de­mol­ished in Vashi gaon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) de­mol­ished around 150 slums in Vashi gaon on Fri­day in the pres­ence of heavy po­lice ban­dobast.

Th­ese slums, which had come up on a City In­dus­trial and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) plot adjacent to a new sub­way con­structed near the Navi Mum­bai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, were home to mostly il­le­gal im­mi­grants from Bangladesh, said civic of­fi­cials.

NMMC Vashi ward of­fi­cer Ma­hen­dra Thoke said, “We had re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints from lo­cal res­i­dents, who said the slum dwellers were defe­cat­ing in the open, cre­at­ing un­hy­gienic con­di­tions for res­i­dents in the area. The res­i­dents also said the slum dwellers would of­ten steal wa­ter.”

“Though this plot does not fall in an area un­der our ju­ris­dic­tion, we have taken ac­tion as we re­ceived a re­quest from the po­lice who thought it could pose a risk to the res­i­dents’ se­cu­rity. We will now speak to Cidco to fence the area to pre­vent any en­croach­ment in the fu­ture,” said Thoke, adding, ac­tion will be taken in the com­ing days against more il­le­gal slums in the area.

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