Encroachment on Thane-Belapur Road resolved after 10 long years

Last Modified: Sun May 15 2016 18:08:09 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 180 metres
    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.
  • 35
    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.
  • 30 minutes
    average time that motorists are caught in traffic jams every day due to these encroachments.
  • 10 years
    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.
  • Oct-2015
    Eviction notices finally issued to the owners of the shops and houses.
  • 13-May
    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.
  • 14 days
    Since the time Tukaram Mundhe (former District Collector of Solapur) took over as Commissioner of NMMC and the day of the demolitions.