Cidco yet to start pre-mon­soon work at Kharghar

For the past four years, Cidco has been giv­ing the work to PAP and vil­lagers. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, this leads to a de­lay in start­ing work

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KHARGHAR: While the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) and Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) have al­ready started the pre-mon­soon work in their ju­ris­dic­tion, the City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) is yet to be­gin the work.

Kharghar is the only node in the city which comes un­der Cidco.

Res­i­dents fear they have to face the same prob­lems this mon­soon too with roads rid­dled with pot­holes and over­flow­ing nul­lahs.

“I have been liv­ing in Kharghar for the past four years and every year, the pre­mon­soon work is delayed. Un­like the NMMC and PMC ar­eas, the ad­min­is­tra­tion do not fol­low any spe­cific deadline for this which is why we have to face prob­lems,” said Harpreet Singh, 34, res­i­dent of Sec­tor 12 in Kharghar.

Res­i­dents said that al­though mi­nor work can be taken care of even dur­ing the sea­son, ma­jor work such as road re­pair work needs to be un­der­taken at least a month be­fore to en­sure smoother travel dur­ing rains.

“The de­lay in mon­soon work is wor­ry­ing and peo­ple liv­ing in far off sec­tors have to face more is­sues since any­way there is a per­sis­tent auto prob­lem in Kharghar and driv­ing your own ve­hi­cle in such bad roads dur­ing mon­soon is just not fea­si­ble,” said Aditi Ghor­pade, 29, res­i­dent of sec­tor 35 in Kharghar.

Res­i­dents com­plained that the pre-mon­soon work was not up to the mark last year.

“There is a se­ri­ous health is­sue of mos­quito men­ace in Kharghar dur­ing mon­soon as ex­ten­sive drives of in­door-breed­ing checks or IRS spray are not done. Even fog­ging and fu­mi­ga­tion is not done reg­u­larly,” said Sumeet Roy, 41, res­i­dent of sec­tor 4, Kharghar.

Of­fi­cials said they have not yet started the ten­der­ing process.

For the past four years, Cidco has been hand­ing over the pre-mon­soon work to the project-af­fected peo­ple (PAP) and vil­lagers. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, this leads to a de­lay in start­ing work.

“The process of al­lo­cat­ing the work to the PAP and vil­lagers takes time. We will be­gin the area-wise work and will com­plete ma­jor works by mid-June and con­tinue with the rest through­out mon­soon,” said Pradeep Da­hake, su­per­in­ten­dent en­gi­neer, Cidco, Kharghar.

Cidco will carry out road-re­pair work, tree prun­ing, nullah de-silt­ing and other main­te­nance works.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

A nullah at Kharghar is choked with garbage and weeds.

Work­ers clean Wadale lake in Pan­vel on Fri­day.

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