Unpaid phone bills disconnect Rabale police from residents
NAVI MUMBAI: The residents of Rabale MIDC area will not be able to contact the police for help even if a major crime or accident takes place.
Reason: The telephones of the police station have been defunct for more than two months now as the police have not paid the bills of the previous few months.
Despite having an independent, full-fledged police station, residents can’t reach out to them when the situation demands.
“Whenever we spot crime taking place, a body lying on road or a threat to the law and order situation, we normally call the police station. The police officers also reach the spot on time. However, we have not been availing this service for the past two months as the telephones at the police station are not working,” said Vishal Mane, 35, a resident.
“If the residents cannot contact the police in case of emergency, what is the use of an independent police station for Rabale MIDC? Police officers from Mumbai or Thane will also reach here after a few hours of an accident or a crime,” he said.
Besides the industrial belt, the jurisdiction of this police station also houses several residential areas, including Digha.
Birjesh Tiwari, 29, who works in a company in the MIDC area said, “The Navi Mumbai police are spending huge amount of money by organising various programmes throughout the year. Then why cannot they spend a few thousand rupees to pay the telephone bills of a police station?”
C Katkat, senior police inspector of the police station, said, “Telephone bills of all the police stations are collectively paid by the police commissioner’s office. We have requested the authorities to pay the bills in the recent meeting. We hope our phones will be functional within a few days.”