Encroachments along 125 roads to be removed by May

BMC plans to clear encroachments along 125 roads by May under Mahatma Gandhi Pathkranti Yojana.

The six-year-old scheme aims to remove 6,417 huts and 2,075 slum-dwellers have been identified for rehabilitation to the 2,416 units received from MMRDA.

Under the scheme, encroachments on footpaths along 72 roads were removed till January and 3,253 slum-dwellers rehabilitated.

"Of the remaining 125 roads, footpaths along 54 will be cleared in three months. While the scheme launched by the state government is slated to phase out, the roads department is planning to take care of footpaths," said deputy municipal commissioner (special) Rajendra Bhosale.

In phase I of the scheme, BMC has removed shanties and installed cast iron grills.

"There could be some delay in rehabilitation as properties handed over by MMRDA need repair," said Bhosale. Meanwhile, BMC is planning a separate cell to remove bottlenecks on major roads.

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