After weeks of following up the massive encroachment by Hotel Four Points and Inorbit Mall at Vashi, RTI Activist Sandeep Thakur has brought it on record that Four Points has committed a criminal offence by trespassing on public property. This has been stated by none other than CIDCO in a notice issued to the hotel.
Action on the encroachment of public space by Hotel Four Points and Inorbit Mall might be moving at snail pace but there is some concrete results coming out, courtesy the continuous follow up of the issue by RTI Activist Sandeep Thakur. In a notice issued to Hotel Four Points, CIDCO has stated that constructing the illegal entry and exit on the road and doing the landscaping, K Raheja’s Hotel Four Points has trespassed on public space, which amounts to a criminal offence.
In another letter CIDCO has written to its own department Controller of Unauthorized Constructions informing that illegal entry and exit gates have been made from a public open space. This means that the Controller of Unauthorized Constructions can go ahead and seal these illegal exit and entry points.
While there is some action being taken against Hotel Four Points, there has been no action at all against Inorbit Mall. It may be recalled that situated next to Hotel Four Points, Inorbit Mall has created a notorious record of sorts in terms of encroachments. The entry to the mall, the entry to the parking lot of the mall and the exit of the parking lot to the mall are all illegal. They have all been constructed on open space and public roads.
But till date neither NMMC nor CIDCO have taken any action against the mall. While RTI Activist Sandeep Thakur is fighting hard against the corrupt system in CIDCO and NMMC to free the 5470 sq. mts of prime public open space next to the Vashi Railway Station, the action by officials is very slow and reluctant. RTI Activist Sandeep Thakur is ready to take his fight against the system to the next level if CIDCO and NMMC continue to play bias towards the influential owners of Hotel Four Points and Inorbit Mall.
Till now, whatever action has been taken seems to be an eyewash as the landscaping as well as the illegal exit and entry gates are yet to be removed by CIDCO and NMMC. Now, it’s a wait and watch to see, when the authorities will wake up and free the open public space for public utility. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.