Fadnavis was responding to discussion during a calling attention notice raised by Sada Sarvankar (Sena) who alleged that the shopkeepers were being harassed by the municipal
authorities.

He said the shopkeepers outside the Ganesh temple at Prabhadevi in South Mumbai cater to nearly ten lakh devotees especially during auspicious days like 'Angarki Chaturthi' by providing them offerings to be made to the deity.

Out of the 85 shops outside the temple, 55 have been constructed with their own money. It was expected that thecivic body would collect only property tax from them.

However, the civic body has asked shopkeepers to pay a premium of Rs 1.70 lakh each. He asked the government not to seek any tax other than property tax from these shopkeepers.

Fadnavis cited the government would look into the issue and convene a meeting to discuss it.

He said the shopkeepers should also not send their agents behind devotees in a bid to sell their goods at the earliest.

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