PUNE: In the backdrop of public complaints about unauthorised hawkers in the city, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has formed eight centralised anti-encroachment squads to take random action against encroachments. The anti-encroachment department has issued an order about the formation of centralised squads on Friday.
At present, there is only one anti-encroachment squad in each ward office level. There are 15 ward offices in the city. Besides this, eight more squads will take action against encroachments in the city.
While speaking to Sakal Times, Madhav Jagtap, Head of the anti-encroachment department, said, “In a recent meeting with Additional Municipal Commissioner Sheetal Ugale-Teli, it was decided to form centralised squads to take action against unauthorised hawkers in the city. Therefore, the department has formed eight centralised squads.
It includes two anti-encroachment inspectors, helpers and one vehicle. It will take cognisance of public complaints registered on PMC websites, toll-free numbers, etc. It works independently.”
He further said, “It will help to crack down on ward officers nexus if any. It will take action not only against unauthorised hawkers but also licence holder hawkers, which are not following PMC’s rules. Squads should have to give daily and weekly reports to the anti-encroachment department head office.
In the last three months, the civic body has taken action in different parts of the city. They seized 89 stalls, 2,094 handcarts, 543 cylinders, seized materials from 3,246 hawkers and removed 407 sheds and slums.
The PMC had allotted nearly 22,000 licences in 2014. For registration, hawkers had submitted corporation’s receipts of fine, purchasing items receipts, Aadhaar cards, domicile certificates, ration cards, etc. Corporation announced 45 roads as ‘No hawkers zones’ such a Laxmi Road, JM Road, FC Road, Shivaji Road, Shastri Road, Kumthekar Road, Sarasbaug Road among others.