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Mumbai: BMC demolishes illegal shanties in Andheri

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Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) K west ward (Andheri) officials on Sunday carried out a major demolition drive in order to clear traffic issues of the area. The officials demolished 45 illegal shanties that had encroached upon a 60 feet road at Suresh Nagar near Andheri’s Regional Transport Office (RTO).

According to civic officials, the road was heavily encroached by the shanties which posed as traffic problem for pedestrians and motorists. The official added that despite repeated orders, the shanty dwellers claimed that they were living there since 2009 and refrained from leaving the place.

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The drive was carried out by Prashant Gaikwad, Assistant Municipal Commissioner. Gaikwad said, “The shanties had encroached upon 75 percent of the road. The 60 feet road was reduced to 15 feet and a nearby footpath was also encroached. The road witnessed traffic jam on a daily basis. However, now the road has been cleared and it has eased the traffic flow.”

Another civic official added, “The ward office served them a notice under section 314 which prohibits construction structures or fixtures which cause obstruction in streets. All the shanties were illegal and had 48 hours to vacate the place according to the notice.” Around 40 civic officials along with 24 police officials participated in the drive.

Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta in a recent review meeting directed ward officers to take strict action against all illegal structures. Mehta has also directed the officials to clear illegal encroachments on pavements.