Inside Story December 2017

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Street encroachments in Powai growing by the day


The Mumbai ward administration departments have identified many streets where they will launch  drives to remove unauthorized encroachments and illegal vehicle parking with an aim to ensure safe and traffic smooth movement on busy streets.

The S ward and L ward had planned to remove encroachments which experience traffic jams every day owing to the encroachments.

The notified area officials have informed that anti encroachment drive will begin within a fortnight. “The purpose behind the drive is to remove the unauthorized encroachment and make adequate space for the running of vehicles and movement of pedestrians on the pavement,” said B. Satam from the encroachment squad at S ward Bhandup.

Sources in the department said smalltime vendors have been identified as the main culprits who have encroached nearly 30% space of the streets. “In all, near 30% percent of the street space has been encroached by proprietors who have extended their shops, vendors who park their karts on the roadside and illegal parking of the private and commercial vehicles on the side of roads under trees. We are conducting an inspection drive to ensure that public space is not encroached upon and that traffic is not stalled,” continued B. Satam when further contacted about more details.

In Powai, many segments have been encroached upon including  areas opposite the Mangii restaurants and areas in Panch Kumar, not to mention areas in Chandivli and near MTNL footpaths near the newly repaired Kailash complex roads. The encroachments do not seem to stop despite laws and regulations, so the question is when exactly does the encroachment squad make its rounds?

More and more accidents seem to be occurring in Powai on the roads due to space constraints. 

(Elsie Gabriel is an award winning post graduate certified Green Teacher and Environmental Law expert. With twenty years of writing experience she has travelled to remote corners of the earth researching, photographing, documenting facts that bind the threads of anthropological wonder. Powai runs in her veins)