Shop own­ers stop NMMC ac­tion at Cen­tu­rion mall

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

The Mo­tor Ac­ci­dent Claims Tri­bunal has awarded a com­pen­sa­tion of over Rs 13 lakh to the kin of a 28-year-old man who was killed in a mishap in 2012.

Tri­bunal mem­ber and District Judge KD Vadane re­cently awarded a com­pen­sa­tion of Rs13.72 lakh with 8 per cent in­ter­est to the kin of the de­ceased Ra­jesh Koli.

On Oc­to­ber 19, 2012, Ra­jesh along with his friends were dec­o­rat­ing of a city-based Navarati pan­dal when a speed­ing truck ran over them killing him on the spot, the Tri­bunal was told. The com­pen­sa­tion is to be paid by the truck driver, Avad­heshku­mar Jaiswal, in­volved in the mishap, the owner of the truck, Ar­jun Wa­fare, and the in­surance com­pany, jointly.

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion team that went to Cen­tu­rion mall in Sea­woods at Nerul to re­move en­croach­ments on Tues­day was stopped by shop own­ers, who protested the ac­tion. The team had to re­turn without tak­ing any ac­tion.

This is the first time in the past two months since mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner be­gan crack­down on il­le­gal struc­tures that the civic body had to re­treat.

Ten­sion pre­vailed in the area for al­most two hours as the dead­lock con­tin­ued. NMMC sources said po­lice com­plaints will be filed against the shop own­ers for ob­struc­tion of of­fi­cial work.

The NMMC has ac­cused the shop own­ers of the mall of re­sort­ing to ad­di­tional con­struc­tion Shop own­ers pre­vent of­fi­cials from en­ter­ing the mall on Tues­day.

in the marginal space area. There are tin sheds vis­i­ble out­side sev­eral shops.

The anti-en­croach­ment de­part­ment of NMMC had first gone to the mall on June 28 to take ac­tion. They had then taken ac­tion against il­le­gal use of marginal space and the sheds.

The shop own­ers man­aged to stop the ac­tion mid­way. A day later, they met mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe.

The told him that they had used some ad­di­tional space in­side the mall as per their re­quire­ment. The com­mis­sioner said all con­struc­tion that did not fit in the norms will be re­moved. The shop own­ers then sought eight days’ time to re­move the en­croach­ments them­selves.

The shop own­ers ap­proached the court to get a stay on NMMC ac­tion. On Tues­day, NMMC of­fi­cials re­turned to take ac­tion.

A mob, in­clud­ing 460 show own­ers and their em­ploy­ees, gath­ered at the en­trance and pre­vented the civic anti-en­croach­ment team from en­ter­ing the mall. Even af­ter two hours, the shop own­ers re­fused to move.

The shop keep­ers claimed that they had got a stay or­der from the court. The civic team had to re­treat.

Bhalchan­dra Nalawade, pres­i­dent of the shop own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, said: “We had met the civic com­mis­sioner. Sev­eral peo­ple have al­ready re­moved the mon­soon sheds and tin sheds from marginal space.”

He added, “De­spite the stay from the court, NMMC wanted to take ac­tion.”

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “We have filed po­lice case against two peo­ple who led the ob­struc­tion and pre­vented us from do­ing our duty.”

Po­lice com­plaints have been filed by Be­la­pur ward of­fi­cer against Nalawade, who is also for­mer NMMT chair­man, and Bhag­wan­rao Dhakane a BJP leader, and two other uniden­ti­fied peo­ple.

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