De­mand to shut down Ghan­soli Sun­day bazaar grows louder

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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