Power fail­ure halts trans-har­bour trains for 2 hours, 50 ser­vices can­celled 6K so­ci­eties get no­tices for not seg­re­gat­ing waste

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

Peo­ple re­turn­ing home from work and other com­muters be­tween Navi Mum­bai and Thane had a har­row­ing time on Wed­nes­day evening as a power fail­ure for two and a half hours be­tween Airoli and Thane sta­tions threw ser­vices to­tally out of gear.

More than 50 train ser­vices on the trans-har­bour line had to be can­celled dur­ing the evening peak hours from around 6.45pm.

Ser­vices were re­sumed only around 9.15 pm.

Of­fice-go­ers anx­ious to re­turn home crowded the few buses that were run­ning. Many of them walked along the tracks to reach the near­est bus de­pot or auto stand. The steady down­pour added to their woes.

Pub­lic trans­port such as buses were packed and get­ting a taxi was a ma­jor prob­lem as they too were taken. Roads were chock-a-block with traf­fic.

Shalini Nair, 35, a res­i­dent of Kopar Khairane, said, “Even after wait­ing for an hour at Thane sta­tion, I could not board a train. I then went to the nearby bus de­pot. To my sur­prise, the en­tire de­pot was packed with com­muters and there were not enough buses. After al­most 40 min­utes, I man­aged to board a bus to Navi Mum­bai and reached home al­most three hours later than usual.”

The prob­lem oc­curred near Chinch­pada in Airoli.

“Our first pri­or­ity was to re­store the ser­vices as soon as pos­si­ble as the prob­lem at a cru­cial time. Of­fi­cials with tower wag­ons reached the site in no time but it took twoand-a-half hours to re­store sup­ply,” said an of­fi­cial from the cen­tral rail­way.

The Vashi rail­way sta­tion mas­ter, Su­dar­shan Khu­rana, said, “Around 22 trains from the Vashi side had to be can­celled be­cause of the power fail­ure.”

“From the Thane side too, al­most equal num­ber of trains had to be can­celled. Like­wise trains to Thane from Nerul and Pan­vel sta­tions and vice versa also came to a stand­still till the prob­lem was fixed,” he added. Com­muters stranded out­side Airoli rail­way sta­tion as buses were packed and there were no taxis avail­able. Rail­way of­fi­cials re­pair the prob­lem at Airoli sta­tion. Ser­vices were re­sumed only around 9.15 pm

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has is­sued no­tices to 6,500 hous­ing so­ci­eties in the city for not seg­re­gat­ing garbage at source. The civic body has also stopped col­lec­tion of garbage from these so­ci­eties. This has re­sulted in heaps of garbage over­flow­ing from the bin at the en­trance of these so­ci­eties.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has been creat­ing aware­ness on seg­re­ga­tion of garbage. But, it has not been im­ple­mented prop­erly. The hous­ing so­ci­eties, that had failed to seg­re­gate their garbage, had been is­sued no­tices and given time till June 21 to com­ply. They had been asked to start de­posit­ing wet and dry garbage sep­a­rately in the two bins.

With sev­eral hous­ing so­ci­eties in the city still not heed­ing the di­rec­tive, the solid waste man­age­ment de­part­ment of NMMC stopped garbage col­lec­tion from June 22.

With the rains lash­ing the city, stink­ing un­col­lected garbage at hous­ing so­ci­eties is a cause of con­cern.

The hous­ing so­ci­eties that com­plied con­tacted their ward of­fices, fol­low­ing which the garbage was picked up.

Deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (SWM) Tushar Pawar said, “Seg­re­ga­tion of garbage by the res­i­dents helps in proper and eas­ier sci­en­tific dis­posal of waste. That is why we are ap­peal­ing to the peo­ple to seg­re­gate their garbage.”

He said, “Sev­eral so­ci­eties have be­gun seg­re­ga­tion of garbage and hence their garbage is be­ing picked up. We are sure soon ev­ery­one will com­ply with the norm and the sit­u­a­tion will be back to nor­mal in the city soon.”

An of­fice bearer of a hous­ing so­ci­ety in Kopar Khairane, said: “We faced ma­jor prob­lem of garbage not be­ing picked from our so­ci­ety for 2-3 days. We never thought that the no­tice would be im­ple­mented in such a strict man­ner.”

He added, “It was tough ac­tion against us, but then it has also led to all mem­bers now seg­re­gat­ing the garbage. May be such tough ac­tions are re­quired to in­cul­cate dis­ci­pline and civic sense amongst us.”

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