Demand to shut down Ghansoli Sunday bazaar grows louder
Local residents, politicians cutting across party lines and social workers have appealed to municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare to immediately shut Ghansoli’s Sunday Bazaar.
Residents of Ghansoli, passengers and motorists in the area have been suffering due to heavy traffic snarls on the main road every Sunday and have also become victims of thefts.
Political party workers, NGOs like Ekach Dhyas Ghansoli Cha VIkas, Ghansoli PAP organisation, Navi Mumbai Kriti Samiti and Madhvi Pratishthan have taken up the demand on social media through Facebook and WhatsApp. A decision to the effect was taken recently at a meeting held at Hanuman temple by local youths. The locals are demanding that the bazaar be shut or at least stop vendors from taking over the streets.
Dinanath Mhatre, a local resident, said: “There have been several incidents of eveteasing in the bazaar by some anti-social elements. There have been several complaints but NMMC administration has not taken any action. The authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to the menace.”
Posts in social media warn that if NMMC does not take immediate action, the residents will shut it down.
Ankush Chavan, additional municipal commissioner, said: “The anti-encroachment department takes regular action against the illegal business and also seizes goods and articles.”
He added, “If the residents stop making purchases in the market, the number of hawkers will certainly reduce.”
Chavan said, “With the help of the police, we will continue to ensure that the roads are not blocked and there are no traffic snarls.”