MP prom­ises to shift di­lap­i­dated post of­fice

AT KOPAR KHAIRANE Por­tions of the ceil­ing fell twice this week, fol­low­ing which the post of­fice shut

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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.”


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