Sub­way at Kar­ave gets NMMC nod

LONG-PEND­ING DE­MAND Vil­lagers have to cross busy Palm Beach Road to go to the other side, re­sult­ing in ac­ci­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The stand­ing com­mit­tee of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) on Wed­nes­day ap­proved var­i­ous civic works in the city.

Prom­i­nent among the pro­pos­als was a Rs1.94 cr for a pedes­trian sub­way in Kar­ave vil­lage.

Over 40% of Kar­ave vil­lagers are fish­er­folk who reg­u­larly cross Palm Beach Road.

A num­ber of ac­ci­dents have been re­ported in the area lead­ing to not just se­ri­ous in­juries but also fa­tal­i­ties.

The lo­cal cor­po­ra­tors and res­i­dents had ap­pealed for the sub­way. A rasta roko ag­i­ta­tion was also staged last year on July 14 for the de­mand.

Lo­cal cor po­ra­tor Vinod Mha­tre said, “Over 40% of Kar­ave vil­lagers are fish­er­folk who reg­u­larly cross Palm Beach road.

A num­ber of ac­ci­dents have been re­ported in the area lead­ing to not just se­ri­ous in­juries but also fa­tal­i­ties.”

He added, “We had l ong ap­pealed for the sub­way. A rasta roko ag­i­ta­tion was also staged last year on July 14 for the de­mand. NMMC au­thor­i­ties had then as­sured us of a pos­i­tive re­sponse and I am thank­ful to them for the pro­ject that is to be taken up.”

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare said, “When CIDCO con­structed Palm Beach road, it did not make pro­vi­sion for the Kar­ave res­i­dents to cross over to the creek side where they go for catch­ing fish for their liveli­hood.”

He added, “The rise in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the road and speed­ing by mo­torists have led to a num­ber of ac­ci­dents. The NMMC then or­dered a se­cu­rity au­dit by IIT which sug­gested the con­struc­tion of the sub­way and this is what NMMC is im­ple­ment­ing.”

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