After 20 years, Kalyan starts work to build better roads
Shivaji Chowk market does not look what it did two months ago.
The area which was teeming with hawkers and shoppers, randomly parked vehicles and crawling traffic has been transformed.
Work is on to widen the roads and free up space for motorists and pedestrians. As the stretch is dug up, the narrow road allows only two-wheelers.
For the first time in 20 years, a commissioner has managed to carry out demolition drive for road- widening work and remove hawkers from major areas, decongesting the city.
When E Ravendiran took ove r a s K a l ya n - D o m b i v l i Municipal Corporation (KDMC) commissioner seven months ago, top on his agenda was to make the two cities hawker-free and start the road-widening project.
In two months, the KDMC has demolished 500 structures, paving way f or one of t he biggest projects in the city.
When the affected shopkeepers protested, the project almost got stalled.
Realising the benefits of the project, the citizens came out in support of the KDMC commissioner. Rallies and campaigns in support of the civic chief gave out the residents’ feedback that they wanted better roads.
“We cannot let any hurdle stop the project. We are looking for a change. Bad roads have been a nightmare for us. We want the project for the benefit of Kalyan-Dombivli residents,” said Madhav Kamatkar, 72, a resident of Murbad Road, Kalyan (West).
Ravendiran, an IAS- cadre of Tamil Nadu, knows that it is a huge task and a challenging one.
“I am working for the city’s development. However, I am also considering all legal aspects while starting the project. Demolishing old structures is a big task it would be only possible if there is support from the people,” said Ravendiran.
He cl a r i f i e d t h at ch i e f minister Devendra Fadnavis was concer ned about those affected in the demolition work. “He did not ask me to stop the demolition. He is concerned about those who are affected. He asked me to take them into confidence for the demolition drive,” said Ravendiran.
Two persons from Kopar Khairane who were involved in several burglaries that took place in the city in the past six months, have been arrested by the police on Tuesday.
According to a police, Ashok Dargade, 23, and Asish Yadav,