Huts on Girgaum Chowpatty to be cleared after Ganpati
City collector Chandrashekhar Oak on Thursday ordered a survey of Girgaum Chowpatty to determine whether there are new encroachments on the beach and said the slums would be cleared after the Ganesh festival.mumbai Updated: Sep 17, 2010 02:08 IST
City collector Chandrashekhar Oak on Thursday ordered a survey of Girgaum Chowpatty to determine whether there are new encroachments on the beach and said the slums would be cleared after the Ganesh festival.
The beach area is under the city collectorate’s jurisdiction.
Oak said he plans to write to the two planning authorities in the city asking them to plant trees so as to prevent slums from cropping up once they are demolished.
“Following the demolition of these hutments after Ganpati festival, I plan to write to the MMRDA and the BMC to undertake tree-planting drives along the stretch of the beach that is most vulnerable to encroachments,” he said.
The beach was first cleaned up in 1996-7.
The last survey showed there were 35 hutments on the beach, after which a demolition drive was conducted in July, but they seem to have sprung up again due to lack of vigil, Oak said.
“I will ask the BMC to keep extra vigil on this spot [the stretch behind Birla Krida Kendra] as the collectorate department does not have its own machinery to keep a check on slums.”
BMC officials said they had planned a demolition drive in September but that it had to be cancelled as they did not have police protection.
“These huts have been around for less than a year. We will demolish them this month,” said a civic official, requesting anonymity.