Old Nashik : The squad of NMC anti-encroachment department demolished total 17 unauthorised shrines in Old Nashik area on Tuesday. Citizens are strongly opposing the drive. Devotees showed their opposition for the action at one place in Dwarka area and demanded to give time for filing a petition in court, but as officials continued the action, the situation became tense.
Under leadership of Deputy Municipal Commissioner (encroachment) Rohidas Bahiram, east divisional officer Jayashri Sonawane, municipal officials, ACP Raju Bhujbal, senior police inspector of Bhadrakali police station Mangalsingh Suryawanshi, a special drive is being conducted to demolish unauthorised shrines in the city.
The drive was started around 9 am from Nanavali area in Old Nashik. A single unauthorised shrine at Nanavali Koliwada was demolished. Thereafter, two shrines in Shiveneri slum area were demolished. Later, shrine at Dr. Zakir Hussain hospital was removed.
The squad then reached Dwarka-Bagwanpura route to demolish shrines there. People in large numbers were gathered there. Police shut routes on both sides and dispersed the people. Some responsible citizens informed that a petition was filed in the court about this shrines and provide a time for two hours.
They also requested to allow them to remove the shrine themselves, but officials rejected their demand and cleared the place. Later unauthorised shrine and platform in Kathada area were demolished and the squad reached Dwarka again. Unauthorised constructions and shrines in Ghodenagar and Nashik-Pune highway area were removed.
Action was taken against total 17 unauthorised shrines throughout the day, informed the municipal officials.