Shop owners stop NMMC action at Centurion mall
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.