THE Vice President of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Youth wing Sudhir Singh has complained against illegal stalls inside Galleria Shopping Centre, Powai. The Galleria Shopping Centre management earns Rs. 5, 40,000 rent and pays Rs. 80,000 hafta to BMC officials per month from these illegal stalls.
On March 23, 2015 Sudhir Singh complained (copy available with ABI) to officials of BMC, S-ward, Bhandup demanding immediate action (removal) against the stalls.
According to the complaint there are about 28 illegal stalls/shops in the Shopping Centre premises. All stalls are open and functioning. These stalls sell Pani Puri, Masala Dosa, electronic items, toys, perfumes and such personal lifestyle products.
These stall staffers create ruckus, and block route for legal shops customer. Local civic (ward) officials are aware of this and even visit the place, but have not taken any action against.
Sources revealed that Galleria Shopping Centre management including Joseph Reddy and Ramchandra Reddy collect Rs.5,40,000 rent from these stall owners.
Even civic activists (S-ward officials) do not dare to take action as Ramchandra Reddy claim he pays Rs.80,000 hafta to them.
“Encroaching onto precious space is crime. Galleria Shopping Centre management including Joseph Reddy and Ramchandra Reddy rented this space. Action also should be taken on Joseph and Ramchandra,” said Sudhir Singh.
When contacted Joseph Reddy said, “I myself have made complaints against these illegal stalls owners. But civic officials are not taking any action. We failed to form a society due to two groups in Galleria Shopping Centre.
“We are not protecting any stall owners. We are facing problems from these stalls. The shop owners have themselves have encroached on space. We have complained against these stalls owners in BMC, police and fire brigade, demanding action,” said Ramchandra Reddy.