Ra­bale cops plan more ini­tia­tives for res­i­dents

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

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.

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