Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sandeep Naik on New Bombay plus connect 3

Dear Reader,
As part of our ‘Reader connect’ initiative, we have started new column wherein you can Email us all your Grievances (related to civic issues) and we shall forward the same to the chairman of the standing committee of NMMC, Sandeep Naik. He will then personally look into the matter and shall take appropriate action. We shall publish your grievance and the action taken by him, ensuring full transparency every week.
Last week we got several mails from our readers and we forwarded some of them to him.
HERE is the response and action taken by him.

Q. Navi Mumbai has important National Highways and roads with increasing traffic day by day. It is often Noticed that when road accidents claim victims form the economically weaker sections, the municipal corporation hospital is unable to provide trauma care, which is the need fo the hour! I request your Sincere attention to do something concrete on this issue.
Rayadu Krishnarao,

Reply from Sandeep Naik:
I am glad to inform you that the Navi Mumbai Municipal corporation has been sanctioned a Trauma centre in its Hospital in Vashi by the Central government. The corporation has completed over 70 percent of the construction work for the same and the purchase of the medical instruments and equipments for the trauma center is in process. The purchase of hospital and office furniture has already been initiated. Tenders for the purchase of the trauma ambulance has been called for and awaits approval. The recruitment of required medical and paramedical officers /employees for the trauma center is also being done by the administration. The trauma center work is being done on top priority and all efforts are being made to start the same within 2 months.

Q. I would like to draw your attention to the pathetic condition of the Mother – Child Hospital in Airoli. The hospital needs urgent repairs, replacement of broken windows in some rooms and attendance to leakage problems. When will this be done? It is great inconvenience to the hundreds of patients like me coming to the hospital everyday!
Laxmi Parihar,

Reply from Sandeep Naik:
We have decide to build a new 100 bed hospital at Airoli and hence, repairs to the same has to be done with proper care to keep the present hospital functioning. The tender for the repairs has been approved and the work order too has been issued. The windows in the machine room, in charge medical officer’s room and the injection room have been replaced. The leakage in the lift room was caused by the monsoon due to lack of windows, which have been provided now. The work to plug leakages in the ward on the first floor and the stair case too has been initiated. I am sure the above action will bring relief to the patients and hospital staff and all efforts are on to construct the new hospital in Airoli, Which will benefit residents in and around Airoli.

Q I have been reading and listening to reports of 24 hours water supply in Navi Mumbai. The residents have borne the brunt of Pipeline laying work all over the city. Has the work been completed? When will the 24 Hour supply materialse? Or is it merely a promise to be broken?
Kiran Gaikwad,
CBD Belapur
Reply from Sandeep Naik:
The 24 hour water supply in Navi Mumbai is a dream coming very soon. The Kalamboli-Digha water pipeline work was approved for the supply of drinking water to the city for 24 hours. This work was approved to be executed in 3 phases. The first phase from Kalamboli to Arenja Corner in Vashi was Completed, barring some sectional work, in March this year. The second phase from Vashi to the Teen Taki area in Kopar Khairane was Completed in July with Some Sectional Work yet to be done. The third phase from Kopar khairane to Digha is scheduled to be completed in a Week and all balance sectional works is due to be completed by the end of September. The delay in the works has been caused due to delay, in allotment of land by CIDCO for the MBR tank in CBD, in permission form PWD, MSDRC for laying pipelines at 3 Places through the railway lines and laying Pipelines through Land under their Jurisdiction. However, everything has been sorted out and the promised 25 Hours Water Supply in the City will soon be a reality later this year.

Q As a regular commuter on the Thane –Belapur road, I have faced undue delays and inconveniences, due to the ongoing construction work. How long will I have to bear this and what is being done about the bad quality of the work, which has been in the media spot-light?
Rajaram Patil
Reply from Sandeep Naik:
Such a Massive road concretization work in the city has been taken up by the NMMC for the first time; I sincerely regret the delays and inconveniences caused to you and thousands of commuter’s everyday on this road. However I assure you that after having given 3 extensions on this contract work for Valid reasons , stated below, the total work will be completed by June 2009, Which includes repairs to the faulty spots, lighting, beautification on dividers, and rehabilitation of the road project affected, fly-over’s foot-bridges and sleep lanes. The biggest challenge has been the execution of this major widening work of the six-lane road without disrupting the present heavy traffic on this road. The delay has been caused due to the present 34,000 heavy vehicles daily, including trailers and containers to JNPT increasing to 55,000 due to diversion of traffic to Thane – Belapur road from the Mumbra bypass at work is not completed on the same. This has gravely affected the planning of the construction schedule on the Thane –Belapur Road. To avoid congestion and traffic jam on road, the work is being undertaken patches. Further the dealy in laying the lines of MTNL,Relaince,MSEB, Tata Telecom and Various other Organizations, the shortage of cement , the Kalamboli-DIgha water pipelines works, the pipeline work of GAIL and Mahanagar Gas Limited, the delay in Transfer of Lands form MIDC belonging to Companies coming in the way of the said road widening and the delay in getting land due to legal proceedings for Rehabilitation of slums removed for the road widening have all delayed this project. All the construction faults have been identified and the rectification works are being done. Some of the repairs will be done after monsoons. The contractor’s payment too has been held up for the same. I am sure that the Thane-Belapur road, When Completed, will be a pride of the city and I assure you that the pains undergone by the citizens will be a pride of the city and I assure you that the pains undergone by the citizens will be deservingly rewarded with a grand result- the best road in the region.

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