Is this traf­fic booth or fruit stall?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A traf­fic booth built by the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) near Vashi rail­way sta­tion is be­ing used by the fruit ven­dors to store their fruits.

Both the Cidco and traf­fic of­fi­cials have failed to take ac­tion against those ven­dors for the tres­pass­ing.

The traf­fic booth which is ad­ja­cent to the auto stand, needs of­fi­cials to mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cles from early morn­ing till late night. How­ever the traf­fic of­fi­cials are hardly spot­ted there.

“Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion, the ven­dors who sell fruits and juices near the sta­tion started us­ing the premises. While they take rest in­side the booth dur­ing the day­time, they store their fruits there at night,” said one Palash D, 55, a res­i­dent of Vashi.

“When com­muters ask ven­dors not to tres­pass into the booth, they re­ply very ar­ro­gantly. Once, they even told us, ‘This is Vashi. Do what­ever you want’,” he said.

“The traf­fic of­fi­cials nor­mally com­plain that they do not have The traf­fic booth near Vashi rail­way sta­tion has been taken over by ven­dors.

proper in­fra­struc­ture for mon­i­tor­ing the ve­hi­cles at dif­fer­ent parts of the city. But in Vashi, de­spite hav­ing a beau­ti­fully con­structed booth, they are not us­ing it. Had they de­ployed two of­fi­cials near the sta­tion, no one would have dared to oc­cupy the booth,” said Ta­pan Rai, 38, an­other res­i­dent of Vashi.

Ra­jesh Bab­shetty, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Vashi traf­fic unit said, “As soon as I learnt about

this men­ace I vis­ited the booth last week and threw away all the fruits stored there. We also warned all the ven­dors against tres­pass­ing into it. How­ever, the prob­lem is one door of the booth is bro­ken and hence we can’t lock it.”

“We have dis­cussed this mat­ter in a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day. Af­ter re­pair­ing and paint­ing the booth, we will keep our of­fi­cials there to man­age the traf­fic in that area,” he said.

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