NOTICES GIVEN IN 2013, ACTION AGAINST ENCROACHMENT TAKEN NOW
VASHI: Vashi ward office has finally woken up to the menace of marginal space encroachment by the node’s shopkeepers. Action on notices served in 2013 was finally taken on Thursday following the orders of the new municipal commissioner Tukaram Munde.
Vashi ward officer Mahendra Singh Thoke led a team of antiencroachment department equipped with cutters and other equipment to sector 9 area of Vashi to undertake the drive. The drive started from Albela Tower in sector 9 raising eyebrows as local corporator Kishore Patkar resides there.
The local shopkeepers were upset at the action questioning why the authorities had suddenly woken up to the state of affairs. The team however went about remove the grills and other extensions of the shopkeepers. Several removed the extensions themselves too.
Said Thoke, “Notices were sent to these establishments in 2013 under MRTP Act. The municipal commissioner has now ordered that the notices be cleared and hence the action was taken today. We will continue with the drive in the sector and also take up other areas in the next few days.”
He added, “T hough t he shopkeepers are upset we did not face any opposition. In fact several of themselves removed the encroachments.”
Asked why there had been a delay of three years in taking action, Thoke said, “I am not aware of it as I took charge of the node only eight months ago. Repeat notices had been served on the establishments.”
Nitin Sonawane, a local resident said, “Thanks to the new municipal commissioner, first the hawkers who had taken over the area completely were cleared last week and now these marginal space encroachments have been removed.”
He added, “There is now so much more open space for the residents and the area looks much cleaner and orderly too. Hopefully, the authorities will ensure that it stays this way.”