NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad and Sena MLA Shashikant Shinde said,We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to the people of Thane. But our protest was to highlight the problems faced by people who are being rendered homeless overnight in Thane and Mumbra.
The two parties,which are staunch rivals,appeared to have made the bandh call a common cause. Both were criticised for the bandh and bringing transport to a standstill,causing major inconvenience to people.
Congress leaders said they had extended support to its ally,NCP,but did not support the decision to stop the demolition of illegal structures. They said were not supporting regularisation of illegal structures,either.
MNS and BJP had made it clear that they did not support the demand to regularise illegal structures.
Awhad said,There are 18 lakh people living in the district. Of these,almost 10.8 lakh are living in illegal structures. The demolition drive will render them homeless.
Shinde said,Through the bandh,we wanted the government to take note of the ground reality.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has given an assurance that residents living in dilapidated illegal structures would be relocated. He indicated that affordable housing schemes would be implemented shortly.