II 8,000 encroachments removed in one month
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.”