The BMC demolished 75 illegal stalls on the approach road of Haji Ali Dargah on Wednesday, aided by the collector and the police. According to civic officials, the demolition — undertaken by more than 50 police staff, 30 municipal personnel, an earthmover and three dumpers — started in the afternoon and ended that evening.
The 70-plus-year-old pathway — which passes through the sea — was encroached upon by illegal stalls, which used to obstruct the movement of devotees. A senior civic official said an unidentified person had approached the high court and complained about the illegal structures on the pathway. The person said these structures made the narrow stretch risky, as the sea water flows onto the road during high-tide.
Though there were several complaints regarding the stalls, civic body was unable to take action as the land belongs to collector. However, the Bombay high court issued an order to the Collector to take action against these structures, which prompted the drive.
“There were 85 structures on the approach road to Haji Ali, 75 were demolished as five had stay orders,” said assistant municipal commissioner, Bhagyshree Kapse.