Rabale cops plan more initiatives for residents
The Rabale MIDC police’s initiative of reforming people through social empowerment project has got a huge response.
Hindustan Times had earlier reported that the police station has been conducting computer classes, tailoring classes and spoken English classes to make youth from economic backward classes job-ready. Several youth with criminal records have also been attending the classes.
Navi Mumbai police commissioner Prabhat Ranjan on Friday formally inaugurated the project in their newly constructed ground plus three building. Several senior officers from city zone I and II were also present at the function.
Ranjan said, “By providing free computer education and conducting skill development classes, Rabale MIDC police station is doing a wonderful job. Apart from bringing youth with criminal records to the mainstream, it will enable several poor women earn their livelihood.”
“We are planning to conduct free medical camps and blood donation camps in the new building. A library for students, who are attending the classes, will also be opened soon,” said Ramchandra Deshmukh, senior police inspector of Rabale MIDC police station.
The police have decided to install water purifier at 14 police stations so that the visitors can have clean drinking water. “It has been observed that on an average 8,000 people visit a police station. Some private companies are helping us in the project as part of their corporate social responsibility,” a senior police officer said.
As citizens and NGOs clean-up the city’s public places, pledging their support to the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, residents of New Panvel are battling sanitation woes.
According to Sunil Mathur, a resident of Khanda, along with garbage, untreated sewage water from the node is being released into the storm water drains, posing health hazards to those residing near nullahs at New Panvel, Asudgaon and Kamothe. “Despite complaints, little action has been taken by authorities,” said Mathur.
Khaleel Athavani, another resident of New Panvel, said, “The solid waste management is pathetic in the 32 sectors in the node — 19 in New Panvel and 14 in Khanda. We have recently learnt that sewage water being released into the node is not being treated.”
“It is a serious issue. The City Industrial and Development Corporation ( Cidco) needs to take note of this,” he said.
Deepak Nikam, a Shiv Sena leader, said, “The sewage water in the nullah — that spans from Sector 7 in New Panvel to Kamothe creek — emanates a strong odour in the area. It has also become a breeding ground for mosquitos.”
Athavani said, “There is an urgent need for independent sewage treatment plants at New Panvel and Khanda colony.”
Sudhakar Visale, Cidco superintending engineer, New Panvel, however has denied the claims.
“It is true that there is no sewage treatment plant in New Panvel. However, we do have an 80 mld capacity sewage treatment plant at Kamothe. Sewage water from New Panvel and Khanda colony is pumped to the Kamothe sewage treatment plant for treatment. Hence, we do not feel there is any major problem in New Panvel,” said Visale.