Civic body pulls down 591 shanties in Nerul, Be­la­pur

STRIN­GENT NMMC chief threat­ens po­lice ac­tion against ward of­fi­cers who ig­nored such struc­tures

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

NERUL: The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has ini­ti­ated a spe­cial drive against il­le­gal slums in the city. The move was or­dered by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Munde. So far, 591 shanties in Be­la­pur and Nerul have been pulled down.

The com­mis­sioner has said that no en­croach­ments and il­le­gal con­struc­tions be al­lowed in the city and ac­tion be taken against the ex­ist­ing ones. He has threat­ened to file po­lice com­plaints against ward of­fi­cers and of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for ig­nor­ing such con­struc­tions.

The anti-en­croach­ment depart­ment has ini­ti­ated the drive in ev­ery node of the city. On Wed­nes­day, ac­tion was ini­ti­ated at Tata Na­gar slums in CBD Be­la­pur. In the day-long op­er­a­tion, around 375 shanties were pulled down.

To en­sure lo­cal res­i­dents do not ob­struct the drive, over 60 po­lice of­fi­cials and per­son­nel were de­ployed at the spot. The NMMC has also asked Cidco to en­close the plot with a bound­ary wall to pre­vent en­croach­ment.

The NMMC of­fi­cials said 296 hut­ments had come up af­ter 2000 in Gandhi Na­gar in Nerul. The civic body un­der­took a drive in the area on Tues­day and re­moved all shanties.

The de­mo­li­tion drives were led by deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Subhash In­gle, along with as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Kailash Gaik­wad, Cidco of­fi­cial Sunil Chin­c­hole, ward of­fi­cers of the two nodes and po­lice of­fi­cials.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Work­ers de­mol­ish struc­tures at Nerul on Fri­day.

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