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Taking cue from ‘Indore model’, PCMC to intensify drive against unauthorised hawkers, illegal structures

Each of the civic body’s 32 prabhags will have at least four squads of the Special Action Force which will include civic staff, cops and employees from security agencies

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: September 5, 2021 7:47:28 am
The fresh drive will also target unauthorised hawkers, kiosks and hoardings, said civic officials, adding that the novel initiative is part of the civic body's smart city plan. (Express)

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), which had halted its drive against illegal construction at the onset of monsoon in June, will soon restart the exercise with renewed vigour.

The civic body has already intensified its drive against unauthorised hawkers, kiosks and hoardings, and will soon set up a Special Action Force to target illegal constructions.

Civic officials said the first-of-its-kind move is inspired by the “Indore model”, and is part of the PCMC’s Smart City plan.
In a Swachh Savrekshan survey, the city in Madhya Pradesh was declared the cleanest in India.

Detailing on the PCMC’s plans, officials said each of the PCMC’s 32 prabhags (divisions) will have at least four squads of the Special Action Force.

“The Special Action Force is being set up on the directives of Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil and has been tasked with identifying illegal constructions, unauthorised hawkers on roads and hoardings put up without permissions. After identification, the squad will initiate action against them including filing police complaints against illegal constructions and pulling the structures down,” Joint City Engineer Makrand Nikam told The Indian Express on Saturday.

Each Special Action Force is likely to have seven to eight staff members. “Besides civic staff, the squads will also have police personnel. Also, two employees from a security agency will be part of the force. We are coordinating with the police. It will take at least 15 days for the Special Action Force to come into effect,” Nikam said.

Pimpri-Chinchwad has around one lakh illegal constructions; action against them was stayed by the Bombay High Court till September 30. “From October 1, we will start pulling down illegal constructions. But action against illegal hawkers, kiosks and hoardings is underway. About 15 days later, Special Action Force will come into play,” Nikam said.

Civic officials said illegal hoardings, banners, flex boards and kiosks will be confiscated and will be taken to Moshi garbage depot.

Nikam said the action against illegal constructions and hawkers are modelled on Indore pattern. “We are drawing inspiration from the way Indore city did a clean-up act…,” he said.

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