Fisherfolk won't be shifted to Airoli market: BMC Commissioner assures Raj Thackeray

A group of fisherfolk earlier met MNS chief Raj Thackeray at the latter’s residence requesting to intervene in BMC’s decision to shift them to Airoli market in Navi Mumbai

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray met Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi to discuss the problems being faced by fisherfolks. During the meeting, the BMC commissioner assured that the fisherfolk will not be relocated from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Market.

BMC Commissioner Pardeshi further informed that if the fisherfolks are relocated from the Shivaji Maharaj Market, it will be at the nearest place. 

Earlier, a group of fisherfolk met MNS chief Raj Thackeray at the latter’s residence requesting to intervene in BMC’s decision to shift them to Airoli market in Navi Mumbai while opposing the same. 

The fisherfolk were present during Thackeray’s meeting Pardeshi. Earlier, the BMC had given notice to the fisherfolk who sell their catch at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Market in South Mumbai that they will be shifted to Airoli market. However, the fisherfolk strongly opposed it. 

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Situated beside Mahatma Phule Market (Crawford Market) at Paltan road, Shivaji market is nearly 30 years old. The BMC ordered to evacuate the three-floor market in October 2013 as it was declared dangerous. The building will undergo redevelopment which has created a problem for the fisherfolk.

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