Mumbai: Encroachers and unregulated redevelopment choke roads in R North Ward
We had on August 15 put the spotlight on the indiscriminate axing of trees, shanties encroaching on mangroves and hawkers on pavements, and unregulated development
Vendors encroach on a pavement in IC Colony, Borivli. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
We had on August 15 put the spotlight on the indiscriminate axing of trees, shanties encroaching on mangroves and hawkers on pavements, and unregulated development.
Most footpaths are still unusable, redevelopment works are unmonitored, and sites of archaeological and ecological significance ignored.
R North Ward
Borivli, Dahisar, Kandivli, Poisar, Kanheri caves, SGNP
Vijay Kamble Assistant municipal commissioner
Encroachments on footpaths and uneven paver blocks are a problem. But we conduct frequent drives to clear footpaths of hawkers. As for protection of areas of archaeological significance, we have begun beautifying and tightening security at places under our jurisdiction, like the Mandapeshwar caves. We also coordinate with the archaeology department in preserving such sites.
Snehal Lade Resident of Kandarpada
There has been no change. Slums continue to grow, more hawkers are on footpaths and roads are in a mess. Hawkers are driven off pavements after complaints, but they soon return. Redevelopment cannot be avoided, but the BMC could at least ensure that these sites follow regulations.
Madhura Lingayat Resident of Eksar Road
We are losing a number of trees to rapid, unchecked redevelopment of localities. A large number of slums and small-scale industries are encroaching upon mangroves. Mandapeshwar caves, a heritage site, are often frequented by anti-social elements.
Yvonne Dsouza Resident of IC Colony
Pedestrians are given the least importance here. Footpaths in the ward are either encroached upon or damaged. In the evenings, cars are parked on the roads. Nothing is being regulated. All complaints have been ignored by the authorities concerned.
Radell Pareira Activist
The issues have persisted for long. The slums didn’t come up overnight. Although there is no space for them on pavements, locals encourage hawkers through purchases. There have been drives to clear hawkers, but they reappear. Debris from redevelopment sites makes the ward dirty. All of these need to be regulated.