Il­le­gally parked au­tos block road to NMMC hos­pi­tal at Vashi

Traf­fic of­fi­cers say they will hold a meet­ing with auto union to solve the prob­lem

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: The pa­tients and the am­bu­lances vis­it­ing the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) hos­pi­tal in Vashi are fac­ing a tough time be­cause of the il­le­gally parked au­tos on the road.

One has to take a left near Shabri ho­tel at sec­tor 9 to reach the hos­pi­tal from Vashi sta­tion side. How­ever, 15 to 20 au­torick­shaws oc­cupy al­most half of the road through­out the day. Be­cause of this men­ace, cross­ing the junc­tion be­comes a night­mare for pa­tients and their rel­a­tives.

“The au­torick­shaws that ply mostly on the Vashi-Kopar Khairane road are il­le­gally parked there and add to traf­fic is­sues in the area. The dis­tance be­tween the Shabri junc­tion and the hos­pi­tal would be hardly 300 me­tres. How­ever, be­cause of traf­fic con­ges­tion, it takes up to 10 min­utes to travel that dis­tance,” said Sudip Kothari, 29, a res­i­dent of Vashi.

“Pa­tients from dif­fer­ent parts of Navi Mum­bai and the pe­riph­eral ar­eas come to this hos­pi­tal al­most every day. It is un­for­tu­nate that to reach the hos­pi­tal and to get treat­ment, the crit­i­cal pa­tients have to wait for a longer time and the traf­fic depart­ment is in­dif­fer­ent about it,” he said.

Dibakar Ban­er­jee, 47, another res­i­dent, said, “Not only the traf­fic depart­ment, the auto drivers and their as­so­ci­a­tions should also en­sure that an ac­ci­dent vic­tim or any other pa­tient gets

treat­ment dur­ing the golden hours. So, they have to find a so­lu­tion of the is­sue and keep the road to the hos­pi­tal free 24x7. They should con­sider it as their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Ra­jesh Babshetty, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor, traf­fic unit of Vashi, said, “We are aware of the is­sue. We will or­gan­ise a meet­ing with the auto union, the lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor as well as the Vashi po­lice on Mon­day to dis­cuss the prob­lem. If au­tos are parked on the road even af­ter that, we will take le­gal ac­tion against the drivers.”

Ra­jesh Pillai, 36, res­i­dent of Vashi, “Il­le­gal park­ing is every where. RTO of­fi­cials should look into the is­sue and re­solve the prob­lem. The prob­lem ar­eas are Sec­tor 17, Sec­tor 19 and other ar­eas around hos­pi­tals.”

THE DIS­TANCE BE­TWEEN SHABRI JUNC­TION AND THE HOS­PI­TAL IS HARDLY 300 ME­TRES, BUT TAKES 10 MIN­UTES TO REACH THE HOS­PI­TAL “We will or­gan­ise a meet­ing with the auto union, the lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor and the Vashi po­lice on Mon­day to dis­cuss the prob­lem. If au­tos are parked on the road af­ter that, we will take ac­tion against drivers,”

RA­JESH BABSHETTY, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Au­torick­shaws ran­domly parked on the road to NMMC hos­pi­tal at Sec­tor 9 in Vashi.

The road out­side NMMC hos­pi­tal at Vashi is al­ways crowded.

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