II 8,000 en­croach­ments re­moved in one month

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Fancy a morn­ing stroll with Navi Mumbai mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe along the shim­mer­ing waves of the beach? Cit­i­zens with griev­ances on civic is­sues will have an au­di­ence with Mundhe at Vashi Mini Seashore in Sec­tor 10 on Satur­day at 6.30am.

Buoyed by the suc­cess of his ini­tia­tive ‘walk with the com­mis­sioner’ in CBD Be­la­pur and Airoli over the last two weeks, Mundhe has de­cided to give a pa­tient hear­ing to Vashi res­i­dents.

The first such in­ter­ac­tion with res­i­dents took place at the jog­ging track in Sec­tor 15 in Sa­gar Vi­har of CBD Be­la­pur on May 29. They ap­prised him of var­i­ous is­sues. The sec­ond one was held at Sec­tor 14 in Airoli and Ra­bale on June 4.

“The ‘walk with the com­mis­sioner’ ini­tia­tive re­ceived an ex­cel­lent re­sponse not just from daily morn­ing jog­gers but also other res­i­dents of the nodes in the last two weeks. We are sure there will be an even bet­ter re­sponse in Vashi this week,” a Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cial said.

“We in­vite res­i­dents to come over with their ideas and sug­ges­tions and also is­sues that con­cern them. The com­mis­sioner will hear them out and en­sure that the is­sues are re­solved,” he added.

The com­mis­sioner will be ac­com­pa­nied by heads of var­i­ous de­part­ments of the civic body.

Af­ter a month­long ac­tion against en­croach­ments, il­le­gal con­struc­tions and hoard­ings, the city has got wider foot­paths and more space for ve­hi­cles on road.

The Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion be­gan the drive on May 4 and re­moved 1,010 ban­ners, posters and hoard­ings and 1,916 il­le­gal hawk­ers in the city.

While or­der­ing the ac­tion, NMMC com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe had warned of­fi­cials of ac­tion against them if the en­croach­ments are not re­moved.

Mar­ginal space en­croach­ments are gone and even stilt park­ings be­ing used for com­mer­cial or res­i­den­tial pur­pose has been cleared.

Mundhe said, “To en­sure ef­fec­tive ac­tion in Kopar Khairane, Ghan­soli, Airoli and Digha ar­eas, I have up­graded the posts of the ward of­fi­cers to as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sion­ers and ap­point­ments have been made ac­cord­ingly. Spe­cial at­ten­tion will be paid to en­sure that en­croach­ments are re­moved from the city as per the ex­pec­ta­tions of the peo­ple.”

A to­tal of 1,808 shanties have been de­mol­ished. Ac­tion has been taken against 2,492 mar­ginal space en­croach­ments by es­tab­lish­ments. Over 100 struc­tures and houses have been de­mol­ished. 12 il­le­gal re­li­gious places of wor­ship too have been razed. Cases have been filed against 41 peo­ple un­der the spe­cial drive and 24 ve­hi­cles have been seized for de­bris dump­ing.

The in­ten­si­fied ac­tion against en­croach­ments has net­ted the civic body Rs38.68 lakh in fines. It has also col­lected Rs19.35 lakh by is­su­ing no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates for de­bris and mud dump­ing and fines to re­lease the seized ve­hi­cles. A to­tal of Rs58.03 lakh was added to the civic cof­fers in the month in the drive.

Mundhe said, “We will con­tinue to crack­down on il­le­gal con­struc­tions and so I ap­peal to the res­i­dents and home buy­ers to first ver­ify the com­mence­ment cer­tifi­cate and oc­cu­pa­tion cer­tifi­cates of the prop­er­ties and only then pur­chase prop­erty.”

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