The Thane Municipal Corporation’s demolition drive against illegal settlements brought down 185 structures, including MLA Jitendra Awhad’s 2,000-square-foot party office in Kalwa, on Thursday evening.
A joint team of TMC officials and the city police on Thursday targeted shops, restaurants and offices built around the Kalwa Naka before the bridge.
A TMC spokesperson said that 185 establishments were demolished, including two party offices in Kalwa and four bungalows built on the periphery of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
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Two of the four bungalows brought down by the TMC belonged to a corporator and a renowned Marathi writer.
Two days ago, the TMC demolished more than 1,000 concrete settlements in Mumbra, the first demolition seen in the satellite township. Awhad alleged the TMC did not follow the process of law in the demolition and that no notice was issued. “On Thursday morning, we were told the shade of our office had to be removed. By evening, our office was torn down,” claimed Awhad.