long stretch at Digha junction, that is part of the the 15-km Thane-Belapur Road, has been causing major traffic jams for the last 8 years.
shops and 6 houses - illegal structures that have encroached the 6 lane Thane-Belapur Road and reduced it to a mere 3 lanes at Digha junction.
average time that motorists are caught in traffic jams every day due to these encroachments.
since Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has been struggling to remove these encroachments due to the persistent protests by the shop owners and tenements and political patronage they have been receiving.
Eviction notices finally issued to the owners of the shops and houses.
NMMC carried out the demolition work. In what is an unusual move, Shop owners and residents extended cooperation to the administration instead of staging protest on Friday.
Since the time Tukaram Mundhe (former District Collector of Solapur) took over as Commissioner of NMMC and the day of the demolitions.