Monday, March 9, 2009

Sandeep Naik on New Bombay plus connect 11.

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) Over the years I have visited the superintendent’s office at Belapur and pointed out that there are growing number of persons disposing off construction rubble (including Sanitaryware) on the hill side adjacent to Sector 9, CBD. This has become like an epidemic and even the NMMC sweepers dispose off old tube lights on the hillside. While the concerned officials have made sporadic attempts to spruce up the area, this lack of civic sense will not stop unless punitive action is taken. Please see the attached picture of some more violations. People pay lakhs to renovate their houses but cannot pay a few hundreds more to dispose off the rubble and other waste by tempo or truck. A growing number of residents are renovating their homes and filling up their entrance staircase are and building a new staircase leading on the road against town planning rules. As a result, there is insufficient room for cars to be parked and at the time allow for adequate passage of traffic. Just the other day , it was exceedingly difficult for the fire tender to enter one of the lanes and the paramount reason was because of the encroachment of the road by these staircases, compounded by roadside gardens. A little civic sense, either inherent or forced upon by the administration would make our locality a better place to live in. Or at least, not contribute towards its worsening.

Ans) The Belapur ward officer has informed me that he visited the site and met you too and studied your grievance. He has assured to immediately get all the dumped debris picked up and the area is cleaned up. He will also display boards prohibiting the dumping of debris in this area and warning violators of punitive action by the vigilance squad. The said area will also be cleaned daily and surroundings kept clean and beautiful. The ward officer has also been instructed to physically inspect the site of illegal construction of Staircase in the row-houses and initiate action against the offenders.

Q: I live in Sector 17, Vashi. Recently, the wide foothpaths constructed by CIDCO have been reduced in width. Further, the parving blocks and the manhole covers are in so poor and unsafe conditions, that walking on them is dangerous, especially for senior citizens. The problem is compounded by the presence of several illegal hawkers occupying and blocking the foothpath forcing the residents on the dangerous roads.

Professor T N Rangarajan


Ans: The Vashi ward officer has been instructed to intitate action against the illegal stalls and hawkers in the foothpath near the Meenatai Thackeray Garden and adjoining area. They will be removed immediately. I have also asked the ward officer to get the debris cleared in the area immediately.

Q) Near GES Vashi Goan when you proceed form Sec 30 A to 31 A and take the route to left opposite Kerala House, there are two parallel roads going towards the Mumbai Pune Highway Junction. There is also an third Parallel Road. On the First Road I have described , as one enters from Swami Pravananad Marg one passes by Bharat Sevashram Sangha having Several Houses where priests and cancer patients reside. This raod was very good with necessary speed breakers and was well lighted at night and many trees on the right han d side of the road. Now there are several many problems come up. 1 Trees have become too big and branches are covering the light poles rendering dark patches that are unsafe at night. I suggest that the trees be numbered and cut or a few branches trimmed with permission form tree authorities so that lightning improves again. 2 The entry opposite Kerala House is having perennial water leakage and a lot of water is wasted in the morning /evening when pumping is going on. 3 Broken Construction material is lying at the entrance and at the end near the highway junction. With regard to the middle road that I mentioned , where a 16- storey building is narrowly at the corner it is an almost non existant road for about 50 m length. Yet big trucks ply through this road and most autorickshaw use this road joining the highway and also to the Sub way Connecting Vashi Goan to sectors 6/7/8. Tapan Kumar Bir, GES, Vashi Goan.

Ans) The pruning of overgrown branches is done by the corporation on a regular basis. However, the site mentioned by you will be specifically inspected and action taken within 10 days. The leakage of water was in the Pratibha pipeline near Kerala Bhavan,has been repaired six days ago and there are no leakages anymore in the said area. Notices have been issued to the concerned people who have dumped construction material adjoining foothpaths and roads from sector 30 A to 31 and action will be initiated against the offenders if they fail to remove them before the notice period. Action will be taken to remove the said material too. The traffic police have been asked to initiate action against the trucks and autorickshaws using the road to ply from Vashi Village to Sectors 6,7 and 8. I have asked the Vashi ward officer to check the prevailing situation in the grievances mentioned by you and take necessary action at the earliest. I thank you for the concern particularly for the families of Cancer patients and residents in that region. I am sure that your attention and our action will make a substantial difference for residents in the Vashi GES area .

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