NMMC takes ac­tion against en­croach­ers

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

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Wooden boxes used to pack fruits and veg­eta­bles have been re­moved from the APMC mar­ket premises.

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