Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

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.”

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