MP promises to shift dilapidated post office
AT KOPAR KHAIRANE Portions of the ceiling fell twice this week, following which the post office shut
The crumbling Kopar Khairane post office had portions of ceiling fall twice this week. The post office, which has a leaking roof, has been shut since Tuesday.
Alarmed by the incidents, member of Parliament from Thane Rajan Vichare said on Wednesday that an alternative space will be provided on for Kopar Khairane post office.
Vichare, who visited the post office, slammed NMMC and Cidco officials who told him that no space was available immediately. He instructed them to show positive attitude for such an essential service.
Vichare was accompanied by NMMC opposition leader Vijay Chougule and other Shiv Sena leaders.
Portions of the ceiling fell on Monday and Tuesday. Although no one was hurt, the employees refused to work in such an unsafe building.
This led to the shutting down of the parcel and other counters at the post office.
People now have to go to Vashi for postal services. The postal distribution work of the post office too has suffered.
Vichare was informed of the Thane MP Rajan Vichare meets employees of the post office on Wednesday.
lethargic attitude of NMMC and Cidco in shifting the post office. Two women employees of the post office are reported to have been pleading with Cidco and NMMC for alternative arrangements but to no avail.
When Vichare spoke to the officials on the issue, they claimed that there was no alternative
accommodate available immediately. This upset Vichare who asked for a positive change in the attitude and immediate action on the issue.
Vichare said, “The condition of the post office is pathetic. I will ensure that it gets an alternative space at the earliest. This is an important service and continues
to be used by a lot of people.”
He added, “Once it moves out from here, this premises can be repaired and the post office can then resume functioning from here.”
He said, “The incident has raised the issue of safety at all post offices in the city and I will make all efforts to improve their condition.
Gaurav Singh Varisht, superintendent, Panvel post office, said: “We handle the repair and maintenance work on post offices premises which belong to us. However, there are limitations for us in rental properties.”
He said, “We have been following up with Cidco since 2009 on the Kopar Khairane post office problem. However, no one has been able to provide us alternative space.”
He added, “We are hopeful that the intervention of the MP will now resolve the problem.”
Just 2 days after a ceiling plaster collapse at Chandralok housing society, located in sector 10 of Kopar Khairane, there was another such incident Wednesday morning, in another house. No one was injured in the incidents.
The Cidco buildings have long been in a dilapidated state but were not being declared dangerous. The process has now begun after municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe took over.
Plaster and slab fall and cracks in pillars have become a common recurrence in the society.
A portion of the ceiling of the kitchen and hall of the house of Panduran Nathari, a resident of the second floor of A16 building had come crashing down on July 4.
On Wednesday around 4am, a similar incident occurred in the house of Geet Shinde at 7D-18. Shinde said, “Just a couple of days ago, our corporator Ramdas Pawle had warned us that the ceiling could fall as its condition had deteriorated. Hence we had stopped sleeping in the room. That saved us.”