CIVIC BODY RAZES TIN SHEDS BUILT AROUND SHRINES
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”