On Tuesday the High Court of Bombay has passed an order to Shivaji Park police for allowing protection for the continuing construction of a shelter for homeless people in Dadar area has been closed by the anti social elements are the hawkers.

The intervention was required after the construction work which was carried by Shiv Sneh Samajik Pratisthan, a Non-Governmental organization was halted due to hawker assaulting the representatives of the charitable body along with labour hired by them.

The Pratisthan then filed a petition in the HC when the police at Shivaji Park declined to supply police protection. The NGO said that the protection was not given even after the civic officials had demanded to the police officials concerned.

About this, the unmistakable advocates for the NGO, Madhav V Thorat stated that the NGO chanced on a news report of the supreme court directing municipal corporations across the country to establish night shelters for homeless people and as a result, the NGO carried an independent survey and met BMC to provide a plan to build, fund & run a shelter for the homeless in Dadar free of charge.

Consequently, since the Apex Court order had made it compulsory for the BMC to establish shelters, the civic body considered the proposal from NGO & on January 15, 2024 issued work order to make the petitioner body functional under Keshavsut flyover near Flower Market, Dadar West.

However, Thorat said that they stopped the demolition work when the representatives of the NGO used labourers to go to the site, the act provoked illegal hawking merchants to abuse and even attack them. He stated that the police at the Shivaji Park police station rejection The NGO thereafter the civic officials urged the police officials to provide police protection for the event but the request amounted to nothing.

Before the Court, the police, however, took a stand that they were unable to provide police force because of the Lok Sabha elections & assured the court that the necessary police force would be deployed at the site on payment of fees for the police protection.

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