Mumbai: Unable to keep footpaths of Chandivali free of encroachments, the BMC's L ward has written to the senior inspectors of the Saki Naka and Powai police stations to file FIRs against the encroachers. Parts of Chandivali are under the jurisdiction of the two police stations.
Talking to the FPJ on Wednesday, Chandivali Citizens' Welfare Association Founder Mandeep Singh Maker asserted, “Nevertheless, the (encroachment) problem is persistent.”
Chandivali residents suffer encroachment problem
He pointed out that some of the hawkers were deep frying eatables on the pavements by using illegally-obtained LPG cylinders. These stoves and cylinders pose a danger to people walking near the food vendors. The residents are finding themselves tossed between the BMC and the police while demanding stringent action against the encroachers.
Maker has repeatedly complained to the BMC about heavy encroachments on pavements, which was forcing citizens to walk on roads and risk their lives. There have been instances of citizens being knocked down by vehicles in the area. Taking note of the complaint, the BMC had undertaken anti-encroachment drives on August 7, 12 and 14, September 30, and October 16 and 18.