Turbhe po­lice wait for new build­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Even as the Navi Mum­bai po­lice had said that the Turbhe po­lice sta­tion would get a new build­ing in less than two years, the build­ing is not likely to come up soon.

Con­structed in 1974, the Turbhe po­lice sta­tion is flooded by rain wa­ter ev­ery year dur­ing mon­soon and the of­fi­cials have to work from a nearby tem­ple. They have to use boats to en­ter the po­lice sta­tion premises at times.

Since t he po­lice sta­tion mainly looks af­ter the ar­eas of Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC), they sub­mit­ted a pro­posal of a four-storey build­ing on the ex­ist­ing plot of the po­lice sta­tion ear­lier this year.

The po­lice ac­cepted their pro­posal and re­quested the MIDC to bear 50% of the project cost. Af­ter sev­eral rounds of dis­cus­sions, both the agen­cies sub­mit­ted their pro­pos­als to the state gov­ern­ment, but they have not re­ceived any go-ahead till date.

Sources from the Navi Mum­bai po­lice head­quar­ters said that with no de­ci­sion from the gov­ern­ment so far, the new build­ing plan is yet to take shape and will take a long time for it tio be com­pleted.

“We have sub­mit­ted all our plans to the gov­ern­ment a few months ago and hope to get an ap­proval soon,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

The 40-year-old build­ing has wa­ter leak­age prob­lems.

“We have to bear the brunt ev­ery year. There are no proper wash­rooms and chang­ing rooms for of­fi­cers. Those who have not worked here will not be able to understand our prob­lems,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from the po­lice sta­tion on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Jalal Ah­mad, a trader from Turbhe, said that there are no proper sit­ting ar­range­ments for visi­tors at the po­lice sta­tion.

“Even the lane that leads to the po­lice sta­tion is filled with wa­ter dur­ing mon­soon and peo­ple face trou­bles to reach the premises. Tak­ing th­ese prob­lems in to con­sid­er­a­tion, the pro­posed build­ing should be con­structed as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Ah­mad.

HT FILE

The Turbhe po­lice sta­tion is flooded ev­ery mon­soon.

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