Civic chief as­sures San­pada res­i­dents of bet­ter wa­ter sup­ply

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 40-year-old woman of­fice-bearer of a po­lit­i­cal party from Ul­has­na­gar was among the three ar­rested on Fri­day for al­legedly run­ning a sex racket.

All three have been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till July 11.

The three ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Shobha Gam­ladu, Suresh Narayan, 47, and rick­shaw driver Vin­od­ku­mar Lalji Yadav, 25. All three are Ul­has­na­gar res­i­dents and were run­ning the flesh racket for the past six months. Narayan is a man­ager of a lodge where the racket was be­ing run.

On Fri­day, the Thane an­ti­hu­man traf­fick­ing cell (AHTC) got a tip-off and laid a trap. “The two fake cus­tomers were taken to a lodge by the auto driver. The po­lice raided the lodge and ar­rested the three ac­cused,” said se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor (AHTC) Ravin­dra Daun­d­kar. The auto rick­shaw driver used to take cus­tomers to the ho­tel and get Rs200 for each trip.

Daun­d­kar said, “We have res­cued two teenage girls who were forced into flesh trade. They have been sent to a wel­fare home. We have also re­cov­ered cash and two mo­bile phones. We have seized the au­torick­shaw too.” Quick re­sponse team and the po­lice con­duct a drill at Shri­rang Vidyalay in Thane on Satur­day to check se­cu­rity pre­pared­ness in case of a ter­ror at­tack.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe met res­i­dents at Late Si­taram Mas­ter gar­den at Sec­tor 7 in San­pada on Satur­day.

Hi ini­tia­tive, Walk with the com­mis­sioner, once again re­ceived ex­cel­lent re­sponse with cit­i­zens com­ing up with com­plaints and sug­ges­tions.

Mundhe said the lo­cal is­sues will be re­solved in seven days.

Speak­ing to me­di­a­per­sons af­ter his three-hour visit, Mundhe said, “While most prob­lems here are sim­i­lar to those of other ar­eas, there are a few spe­cific ones too. These in­clude se­cu­rity at gar­dens and in­ter­nal wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem.”

He added, “A lot of work has al­ready been done here and we will en­sure that the other is­sues too are re­solved at the ear­li­est.”

Speak­ing on his plans to in­crease wa­ter charges, he said, “It is not that we will not give more than 135 litres per capita per day (LPCD) which is a norm for every in­di­vid­ual. We will give the cit­i­zens wa­ter, as much as they want, but then they will Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe walks with res­i­dents at Late Si­taram Mas­ter gar­den on Satur­day.

have to pay at higher rates.”

On the de­layed open­ing of three civic hos­pi­tals, he said, “We are work­ing on it. New staff has been ap­pointed and equip­ment are be­ing pro­cured. There is also some civil work left. While the OPD is work­ing, we are try­ing to open the hos­pi­tals in 2-3 months.”

Com­ment­ing on his drive against the veg­etable ven­dors in

the city, Mundhe said, “We need to in­cul­cate the habit of go­ing to the veg­etable mar­ket to pur­chase veg­eta­bles. We are en­sur­ing that these mar­kets come up for the cit­i­zens at des­ig­nated places.”

An­nounc­ing that ac­tion will be taken in NRI colony against com­plaints of il­le­gal con­struc­tions, Mundhe said, “We are ver­i­fy­ing the com­plaints and ac­tion will be taken soon.”

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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