NASHIK: The civic encroachment department has shifted its focus from evicting hawkers to demolition of illegal structures in the city following opposition regarding its anti-hawkers drive. In the past fortnight, the department has razed parts of residential and commercial structures in four different locations in a major anti-encroachment drive.
The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) teams demolished illegal construction and encroachments from survey numbers 257 and 259 in Mhasrul at Panchavati amidst lot of opposition on December 4. On December 9, illegal constructions were removed at Tulsi Park in Nashik Road.
"We will be focusing on illegal structures. We do not have to issue any notices for illegal constructions," said an official of the encroachment department.
On December 12, the encroachment department carried out a major demolition drive near Asarambapu Bridge. The iron, concrete and other construction material were loaded in three trucks. On December 16, they carried out another demolition drive in CIDCO where 50 encroachments were demolished.
"There are many encroachments in CIDCO division. We will deal with them gradually. Such drives will continue. We appeal to citizens to remove all the unauthorised constructions on their own," said the official.
Unauthorised extensions of shops, houses and stairs constructed on the roads outside the houses at Savtanagar Road and from Patil Nagar to Pavan Nagari were demolished with little resistance from the citizens.
"The illegal constructions had reduced the width of the roads and were causing perennial traffic congestion. We had to demolish them for road widening," said an official.
Last month, the NMC had launched a drive to evicting hawkers but the move was severely opposed. The hawkers said as per the central government's directions the NMC cannot evict hawkers from their present locations till hawkers' zones were established. They also presented memorandums to the NMC officials on this and had questioned why the illegal concrete structures were being spared.