Ho­tels fail to re­move mon­soon sheds de­spite NMMC no­tices

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

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Sev­eral hote­liers have been seen brazenly flout­ing the norms in the city.

The mon­soon sheds for which per­mis­sions were given for four months, con­tinue to be in place de­spite the ex­piry of the pe­riod.

What makes the sit­u­a­tion worse is the no­tices by NMMC too have not yielded any re­sult and in fact the sheds are be­ing used for com­mer­cial pur­poses.

The sheds were ex­pected to be re­moved by the hote­liers them­selves by Septem­ber 30. How­ever, the fa­cil­ity is said to be mis­used by a sec­tion of hote­liers and com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments in the city.

Sev­eral hote­liers take per­mis­sion for the mon­soon sheds and then use them for the rest of the year. Sev­eral have put up ta­bles, chairs among oth­ers un­der the sheds. Some have set up their kitchen and some store rooms un­der it.

A num­ber of fast food, pan and other such stalls have come up here.

A restau­rant in Sec­tor 17 of Vashi is us­ing the place for a pan stall, seat­ing ar­range­ment and ves­sel stor­age.

A restau­rant and bar in Sec­tor 9 has re­port­edly even started us­ing the area for ser­vice al­co­hol.

Shishir Date, a Vashi res­i­dent, said, “The en­croach­ment by the hote­liers is pos­ing a se­cu­rity risk. The guests are be­ing made to sit in ar­eas which are en­croached. Since sheds have been put in open spa­ces caus­ing ob­struc­tion, in case of fire, the fire per­son­nel could face prob­lems in fight­ing fire.”

Dhi­raj Pa­tel, a so­cial worker, said, “There are a num­ber of restau­rants in APMC, Turbhe area where the sheds are be­ing mis­used. A ho­tel near the po­lice sta­tion has an air con­di­tioner in its le­gal space and the en­croached space is used for the guests.”

Pa­tel added there are sim­i­lar in­stances in Nerul, Be­la­pur, Kopar Khairane and other nodes of the city where mar­ginal spa­ces have been cov­ered with the sheds and used il­le­gally.

Kailash Gaik­wad, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (en­croach­ment), said, “The per­mis­sions for mon­soon sheds had been given till Septem­ber 30. Those who have con­structed them should re­move them im­me­di­ately.”

He added, “If they do not re­move the sheds them­selves, we will take ac­tion against them.”

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