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IS NMMC AWAITING A DISASTER TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE HOARDINGS MENACE AT SINKING VASHI PLAZA?

vashi-plaza-edVashi Plaza is sinking – that is what the occupants of the landmark commercial hub at Vashi believe but despite these concerns, NMMC has still not taken any action. The stance of NMMC is very unfortunate and compels one to question whether NMMC is waiting for a disaster to take action against the hoarding menace that is pushing the already sinking Vashi Plaza to threats of a disaster day by day. Vashi Plaza is the first declared sinking building of Navi Mumbai and this worries occupants the most today due to the hoarding menace at the commercial hub. Dotted with hoardings and several mobile towers, disaster looms larger than ever on Vashi Plaza. This time its own occupants are complaining and voicing concern. With the building still in the possession of the builder and standing with an Occupancy Certificate, all rules and norms are grossly violated including that of fire safety. One of the oldest occupants of Vashi Plaza alleged that most of the hoardings belong to G Advertising that violates all norms. Another occupant alleged that all unauthorized things are going on that has converted Vashi Plaza into a Mobile and Hoarding Plaza. Eminent industrial safety expert Advocate A V Shivshankaran is another occupant of Vashi Plaza who says that Vashi Plaza is a monumental blunder. An architect said that a structural study of the building will expose what danger looms on Vashi plaza today. He said that the intensity of damage done to the structure due to hoardings is immense. The occupants blamed their builder for the dangerous conditions that prevail at Vashi Plaza. Obviously the builder refutes all allegations. He says that there is absolutely no threat to the structure despite the hoardings, mobile towers and violations of fire safety norms. He however admits that both hoardings and cellular towers are a source of income for him. At the HQ, DMC in charge G Chabukswar says that like other buildings in the city, at Vashi Plaza too his office has given permission to hoardings and mobile towers only after getting a NOC from the Town Planning Office. However, the department did not have the record of how many hoardings and mobile towers dot Vashi plaza. When we tried to Amardeep Singh whose advertising agencies G Advertising and Ronak Advertising operate from Vashi Plaza on the sinking concerns and hoarding menace at Vashi Plaza, he refused to speak to us. Even the local corporator of Sector 17, Vashi – NCP’s Shampat Shewale refused to speak on the matter. Looks like the officers and corporators are waiting for a disaster to happen in Vashi Plaza to wake up to the grave dangers that looms large over this commercial hub. Until then, the occupants are forced to carry out their business here in a state of fear. With Monika Bhosale, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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