Fre­quent power cuts up­set Kopar Khairane res­i­dents Seven held for cheat­ing ve­hi­cle own­ers at Ra­bale

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Af­ter work­ing for around eight years from a rented house at Sec­tor 6, the Kopar Khairane po­lice are likely to get their own build­ing soon.

In a re­cent meet­ing, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) promised to start con­struc­tion of the build­ing for the po­lice and the traf­fic of­fi­cials on a plot at sec­tor 19 which was al­lot­ted for this pur­pose in 2009.

If every­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plans, the new po­lice sta­tion will be ready within one-and-a-half year, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

The Kopar Khairane node got its own po­lice sta­tion in 2008 af­ter be­ing un­der Turbhe po­lice sta­tion for sev­eral decades. The po­lice sta­tion does not have lock-up, space to keep seized ve­hi­cles and rest room for the 150 of­fi­cers. They keep their ar­rested peo­ple ei­ther in the lock-ups of Vashi or APMC po­lice sta­tion.

Satish Gaik­ward, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion said, “The build­ing on the plot would have been con­structed much ear­lier. Af­ter Cidco planned the build­ing for the po­lice sta­tion, the traf­fic unit also asked for some space there. The traf­fic of­fi­cials had valid rea­sons as they too don’t have any per­ma­nent of­fice in Kopar Khairane.”

“Cidco had to change their ini­tial plan and this de­layed in the plan­ning of the build­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the plan, the traf­fic unit will get one floor in the upcoming build­ing,” he said. Vol­un­teers of Nanasa­heb Dhar­mad­hikari Pratishthan clean a road at Nerul MIDC on Thurs­day.

Reg­u­lar power fail­ures in sev­eral parts of the city has be­come a reg­u­lar fea­ture since the past few days. While res­i­dents are ques­tion­ing the pre­mon­soon work of MSEDCL, its of­fi­cials said that these are teething problems faced at the start of ev­ery mon­soon.

Res­i­dents of some areas of Kopar Khairane in­clud­ing sec­tor 11 had a hor­rific Wed­nes­day night and Thurs­day fol­low­ing re­peated power cuts at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. The node had faced sim­i­lar problems a cou­ple of days ago too.

Sau­rabh Pandya, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said: “We are go­ing through very tough times for the past few days. There are power fail­ures at any­time of the day and it be­comes very dif­fi­cult in the night. One can hardly sleep in the heat.”

He added, “We have re­peat­edly com­plaint to the MSEDCL author­i­ties but noth­ing much has changed.”

Ad­di­tional ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, MSEDCL Jaideep Nan­ote said, “We have a 33/11 KV sub­sta­tion for the area which has two trans­form­ers of 33 KV. One of the trans­former broke down due to the rains, which led to ex­tra load on one trans­former.”

He added, “We had to shut down power in some areas at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to en­sure power for all in the area. We have at­tended to it and the prob­lem was re­solved on Thurs­day with both trans­form­ers in work­ing con­di­tion.”

Nan­ote said, “This is a reg­u­lar fea­ture dur­ing the ini­tial pe­riod of mon­soon as wa­ter seeps into ca­bles lead­ing to problems. This hap­pens due to dig­ging work.”

Claim­ing that all pre-mon­soon work has been com­pleted, Nan­ote said, “It in­volves oil top up and check­ing fuse of trans­form­ers and also ca­bles, which has been com­pleted.”

Nan­ote said, “There are three sub-divi­sions of Vashi di­vi­sion, which in­clude Vashi, Kopar Khairane and Airoli. As per the dis­as­ter man­age­ment plan an ex­tra ve­hi­cle with 4 skilled labour­ers has been given to each of the three divi­sions for the night time, apart from other ve­hi­cles they have. It will help in the per­son­nel reach­ing prob­lem areas im­me­di­ately.”

He added, “As per the in­struc­tions of chief en­gi­neer Satish Karpe, one drum of ca­bles too has been given to each di­vi­sion so that they can solve their problems lo­cally.”

Nan­ote said, “We are con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.”

The Ra­bale MIDC po­lice have ar­rested seven mem­bers of a gang who cheated peo­ple by tak­ing their cars on rent. The po­lice have seized 39 cars from their pos­ses­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the gang would take cars and SUVs promis­ing Rs30,000-35,000 monthly rent to the own­ers. They told the own­ers that some pri­vate com­pa­nies would use the ve­hi­cles for their em­ploy­ees.

“How­ever, the sus­pects would get new num­ber plate of the ve­hi­cles from the RTO and would rent those out to some other peo­ple for huge amounts. They rented out some ve­hi­cles for Rs2-3 lakh for three months,” said Babasa­heb Tute, po­lice in­spec­tor from Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion.

“They would take money from their ten­ants, but did not pay a sin­gle penny to the orig­i­nal own­ers of the ve­hi­cles. When the ve­hi­cles own­ers con­tacted them for the rents, they would threaten them. They also re­fused to re­turn the ve­hi­cles,” he said.

Last month, some ve­hi­cle own­ers ap­proached the po­lice and reg­is­tered a first in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) against the sus­pects. Fol­low­ing that the po­lice ar­rested seven peo­ple over the past one week.

The ac­cused have been booked un­der sec­tions 420, 120B and 467 of the Indian Pe­nal Code (IPC). While three of them have been re­manded to jail cus­tody, four others are still in po­lice cus­tody till June 26.

“The ve­hi­cle own­ers are from dif­fer­ent places such as Airoli, Thane, Be­la­pur and Pan­vel. Ac­cord­ing to them, the gang had taken around 50 ve­hi­cles on rent, of which, we have seized 39 ve­hi­cles. We are now search­ing for the re­main­ing 11 ve­hi­cles and hope to re­cover them soon,” Tute said.


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