Civic body removes encroachments in Mumbai

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2016 19:02 IST

Continuing with its crackdown against illegal encroachments, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday demolished illegal portions of 10 small and big restaurants in Bandra.

In the week-long drive, BMC’s H-west ward demolished illegal canopies of eateries such as Fatty Bao, Bru World Café and Monkey bar in Bandra (West).

Eight illegal sheds and hoardings by restaurants and stalls blocking the pavements outside Vijay Sales were also demolished on Friday.

Civic officials, who had started the crackdown on Monday, said restaurants and shops had put up illegal extensions and banners. They made visits to the area and took action against violations.

“We removed encroachments which were blocking the pavements and footpaths. The drive will continue through this week,” said Rajesh Yadav, assistant engineer, maintenance, from BMC H/West ward.   

BMC chief Ajoy Mehta had in November initiated a drive to clear footpaths of hawkers and shops. The commissioner had then asked ward officers to prepare a three-month rotational plan. Encroachments were classified into movable, permanent and protected structures. In cases where structures are permanent or protected, notices will be served before demolition. Some cases will even get hearing.

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