NMMC takes action against encroachers
The makers of wooden boxes had encroached the APMC fruit market and the road outside. This had not just blocked the area but also led to fears of fire breaking out there.
Following complaints to the civic body by social workers, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on Friday took action against the vendors in the area.
With the alphonso season at its peak, a large number of vehicles are coming to the APMC market.
There is a huge demand for wooden boxes to pack the mangoes.
The shops manufacturing them have come up within the market and also outside.
A trader Prakash Patil said,
“Permission for these shops have neither been taken from the APMC by those operating
within the market, or the NMMC, by those functioning from outside.”
He added, “Thousands of traders and workers work in the market and smoking is quite common.”
"Cigarette and bidi butts are often thrown on the roadside. If these buds fall on the wooden boxes or the dried grass stuffed in the boxes, there is a high probability of fire breaking out. The shops are also causing traffic snarls in the market," he added.
Turbhe ward office took action against the encroachments.
It deployed a JCB to remove the wooden boxes. A number of vendors could be seen rushing with their boxes inside the market.
A ward official said, “Such drives will be conducted on a regular basis so that there is no risk in the area and traffic is also not affected.”
Wooden boxes used to pack fruits and vegetables have been removed from the APMC market premises.