Demolition of Deonar hutments continues

Mumbai : After facing criticism from residents and corporators of Deonar, alleging area based selective demolition of hutments around the dump yard, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta ordered demolition of illegal huts occupying five acres of land on the dump yard’s periphery. BMC will then fence in the entire belt, station security on its premises, and construct a garden on that land which will be opened to citizens.

While BMC conducted a massive drive in the Baiganwadi area of Adarsh Nagar, it was criticised for not taking similar action against illegal huts in the adjoining areas. It started demolition action against huts in other areas including Padma Nagar, Indira Nagar and Chikalwadi today.

Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the M /East ward, Kiran Dighavkar said, “We will come down heavily on about 1,000 huts in the area, within the next week. When I spoke to Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta regarding this, he supported my ward officials completely and has agreed to give full administrative support to the drive.”

The M/East ward will then clear the land of debris and level the land. After fencing this belt, it will begin to invest in the plot’s beautification and maintenance.  Dighavkar said, “I want to break the land mafia, garbage mafia and the rag-pickers’ nexus in this area. It is a huge chain that is also responsible for a lot of crime in Govandi and Deonar.”

Last week, the BMC demolished over 350 huts at Adarsh Nagar along a 10 feet wide road, to make way for access to the dump yard.

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