Ven­dors oc­cu­py­ing pave­ments irk res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT FOR NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com Ven­dors en­croach on pave­ments in Pan­vel.

TURBHE: Chil­dren in Turbhe Store will now have a brand new place to play in. A play cen­tre, equipped for in­door as well as out­door games, was re­cently launched in the pre-dom­i­nantly slum area by Shikar, a non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) for so­cial devel­op­ment, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Tech Mahin­dra.

Chil­dren can play in­door games such as ludo, chess and carom and will also have ac­cess to bad­minton and cricket kits. The cen­tre will be op­er­a­tional from June 1.

“We are hope­ful that this ini­tia­tive will help chil­dren from ad­ja­cent slum ar­eas. The cen­tre is lo­cated near a mu­nic­i­pal school to at­tract them,” said Priyanka Dhawan, di­rec­tor of the NGO. PAN­VEL: Res­i­dents as well as pedes­tri­ans are fed up of ven­dors en­croach­ing up on pave­ments in Pan­vel and Khanda colony dur­ing the weekly mar­kets held there on Fri­days and Wed­nes­days re­spec­tively.

Pedes­tri­ans find it dif­fi­cult to walk on the road lead­ing to Jai Ambe Mate Trust tem­ple in Pan­vel’s sec­tor 2, as hawk­ers en­croach up on the pave­ments dur­ing weekly bazaar. “The street ven­dors are also re­spon­si­ble for law and or­der prob­lems in the area be­cause of their reg­u­lar fights goons over ex­tor­tion mat­ters,” said Khaleel Atha­vane, a Pan­vel res­i­dent.

The sit­u­a­tion at Khanda colony is no dif­fer­ent. Roads near the rail­way cross­ing have also been com­pletely en­croached up on by ven­dors, who of­ten dump waste on the road, claim res­i­dents.

Res­i­dents say they have to bear the brunt as CIDCO of­fi­cials turn a blind eye. “Some mis­cre­ants are carry sharp weapons ,” said Atha­vane.

CIDCO of­fi­cials said they will look into the is­sue and take suit­able mea­sures.

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