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Residents protest illegal shed on Chembur ground

india Updated: Feb 11, 2009 00:49 IST
Bhavika Jain

It was the only open space in the area for the children to play on. But that’s lost to an illegal construction that is coming up in the Chembur plot.

An illegal construction has come up in an open space in Chembur and the complaints by the residents have been ignored by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

A shop owner has started building a shed on the collector’s land of about 10,000 sq ft at Pestom Sagar Road No 6, opposite Anjana Cooperative Housing society.

“A shed is being built on the plot behind Shubham Marbles. Iron beams and tin sheets have been erected behind the shop on Pestom Sagar Road No 6,” said G.R. Gaonkar, an activist of the area.

More than 100 residents have been protesting against the illegal construction for the past four months.

“We have requested the authorities to immediately demolish the shed and book the culprit under the Monopolistic and Restrictive Trade Practices Act,” Gaonkar said.

“But we have not got any response from them,” he added.

“Collectors’ land worth crores of rupees is being grabbed by the encroacher and they are hand in glove with ward officer (M-West ward),” said Paresh Barshikar, a resident of Chembur.

“We have been sending letters and applications to authorities concerned right from the BMC officials to the chief minister. We have also written to the Anti-Corruption Bureau but nothing has been done so far,” he said.

The residents have filed an application under RTI for details of the land but were not satisfied with the reply.

“We have filed another application under Right to Information (RTI). If we get the land, then we will use it as a garden for children or for some for other activities,” said Gaonkar.

Assistant Commissioner of M-West R.W. Pawar was unavailable for comment.

“We will look in the allegations made by the residents,” said an officer from the ward office requesting anonymity.