CIVIC BODY RAZES TIN SHEDS BUILT AROUND SHRINES

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

VASHI: In an ac­tion that came in for much crit­i­cism from the lo­cals, the NMMC on Thurs­day, de­mol­ished the ex­ten­sions that had come up be­hind the var­i­ous places of wor­ship in Sec­tor 9A of Vashi. The stretch is fa­mous for its var­i­ous places of wor­ship stand­ing next to each other.

The ac­tion was taken by the Vashi ward of­fice against the en­croach­ments by Vashi gur­d­wara, Jhule­lal Mandir, ShivVishnu Mandir, Arya Sa­maj and Telegu Sa­maj among oth­ers.

Vashi ward of­fi­cer Ma­hen­dra Thoke said, “There had been en­croach­ments of up to 5m along the nul­lah by var­i­ous places of wor­ship. They had con­structed bound­ary walls and put up tin sheds which we have de­mol­ished.”

Thoke said they had given them a month’s no­tice un­der the MRTP Act ask­ing them to de­mol­ish the struc­tures. The ac­tion was taken af­ter ex­piry of the pe­riod.

The NMMC col­lected Rs15,000 in fines from those who de­mol­ished their struc­tures them­selves and Rs25,000 was col­lected from those whose struc­tures were de­mol­ished by NMMC.

Sev­eral of­fice bear­ers of the trusts that man­age the premises were up­set with the ac­tion. Ran­jit Singh Dhali­wal, an of­fi­cial from the gu­rud­wara, said, “Th­ese ex­ten­sions were not caus­ing any hin­drance to any­one. In fact, we had all cleaned up the place and made it hy­gienic for the devo­tees and faith­ful to use it.”

He added, “We were served no­tice but we never ex­pected the civic body to take ac­tion against us as we are all re­li­gious bod­ies serv­ing the peo­ple”

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