The Khadki Cantonment Board area is witnessing largescale encroachments these days,say officials. They said staff shortage in the anti-encroachment wing of the Board and lack of co-ordination among different wings,such as health and engineering,are the main reasons behind the problem.
Officials said as the wings failed to launch any joint drives for removal of encroachment,some 250 hawkers running their businesses illegally in the area. They failed to get their licences renewed from the Board.
Officials added that even as distribution of forms for licence renewal started in March this year,only 50 out of 300 hawkers who work in the jurisdiction of the Cantonment Board submitted the documents. The licences should have been renewed every year in March,but most of the hawkers have not got the licences renewed till now, said a Cantonment official.
However,officials said they are unable to take action against hawkers due to pressure from elected members,who often press for release of their wares after the seizure,and lack of co-ordination between different wings of the Board. They said consistent drives are not being taken up due to lack of co-ordination in the Board. The anti-encroachment wing is also short of at least five personnel. The approved strength of the anti-encroachment squad is 10 ex-servicemen and one junior commissioned officer (JCO). However,the squad as of now has only six persons on its rolls,including a superviser.
Board security officer B D Farkate,however,said,We are in the process of filling the vacancies and have already published advertisments for the same. He said co-ordination between different wings of the Cantonment Board will help improve the functioning of the anti-encroachment wing. We need police force to help us in removing encroachments but a co-ordinated effort is required for anti-encroachment drives, he said. Board chief revenue superintendent Vikas Takwale said renewal of licences is under process. The Board charges nearly Rs 3,600 from hawkers for renewing licences,but despite the low fee,there are many pending cases, he said.