Turbhe po­lice sta­tion flooded, again DIAL DUR­ING EMER­GEN­CIES

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

Turbhe po­lice sta­tion was flooded on Satur­day be­cause of in­ces­sant rains since Fri­day night.

Al­most all the rooms of the old sec­tion of the sta­tion premises were filled with flood wa­ter up to three me­ter from the floor. The po­lice of­fi­cials had to work from a few new rooms con­structed on the up­per side of the com­pound.

This is how­ever, not for the first time the po­lice sta­tion has been af­fected by flood.

Ev­ery year dur­ing mon­soon, the sta­tion build­ing is sub­merged in rain wa­ter and the of­fi­cers have to use boats to re­cover the im­por­tant doc­u­ments from the premises.

“In the past few years, our of­fi­cers worked from a temple lo­cated in front the po­lice sta­tion dur­ing flood­ing,” said Ram Desh­mukh, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Turbhe po­lice sta­tion.

“This year how­ever, the sit­u­a­tion is not so bad till now. Some of our rooms in the new sec­tion are yet to be af­fected by the flood and we are work­ing from there,” said Desh­mukh.

Con­structed in 1974, the po­lice sta­tion looks af­ter mainly the area of Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Corporation (MIDC).

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice have long been ask­ing the MIDC to con­struct a four-storey Per­son­nel at Turbhe po­lice sta­tion have got used to work­ing in flooded rooms. (Left) The wa­ter­logged road out­side the po­lice sta­tion. build­ing for the po­lice sta­tion on the same plot.

“The MIDC of­fi­cials are tak­ing time to de­cide. Sev­eral meet­ing have been held for dis­cussing this mat­ter. We hope they will take the de­ci­sion soon and will con­struct the pro­posed build­ing be­fore next mon­soon,” Desh­mukh said.

Apart from flood, the po­lice of­fi­cials are fac­ing many other prob­lems in the 40-year-old build­ing.

“There is no proper chang­ing room, wash­room in the po­lice sta­tion,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Wa­ter leak­age is a prob­lem through­out mon­soon.

“The lane to come to the po­lice sta­tion is also filled with wa­ter and vis­i­tors reach us wad­ing through knee-deep wa­ter. There­fore, a con­crete de­ci­sion to con­struct a new build­ing should be taken soon,” he added.


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