Rally against traffic snarls in Uran Four structures razed at Ghansoli
Distressed by regular traffic snarls, residents participated in a rally organised by Peasants and Workers Party in Uran on Wednesday.
The rally, led by former MLA Vivek Patil, started from Karal Phata and ended at Chandni Chowk. There has been a drastic increase in traffic in the area owing to rising population and increase in number of vehicles using Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. “There has been little action by authorities. If no action is taken soon, the agitation will be intensified.”
Traffic officers said the planning agencies are working on proposals to ease traffic. The police, too, are stepping up measures for better safety.
Demolition drive by Cidco continued at Talavali village was carried in Ghansoli for the second day on Thursday.
While three structures were demolished on Wednesday, four were demolished on Thursday, with Cidco making its intent that it would act strictly against illegal structures. No amount of protests and opposition by locals, including women, stopped the action.
The structures demolished during the drive on Thursday included a ground plus four structure spread over an area of around 296 sqm and belonging to Mahendra Patil at Sector 22.
Demolition of the structure which was not occupied was vehemently opposed by the locals.
Cidco said that the other structures demolished were a fourroom under-construction chawl of Deepak Patil spread over an area of around 91 sqm, another around 160 sqm area four-room under-construction chawl belonging to Patil and also a plinth-level structure of MK Madhavi spread over an area of 350 sqm.
Yogesh Mhase, additional collector and chief controller of unauthorized construction, said: “The structures were constructed on Cidco land without having any land title and development permission and Cidco followed the process of law to remove the encroachment.”
He added that the drive was undertaken with the assistance and support of Chandrakant Katkar, senior police inspector of Rabale police station, 11 police officers and 47 police personnel from the police station along with two striking force.