This police station sees a flood of problems
AT KOPAR KHAIRANE Building at Sector 6 is crumbling with plaster peeling, portions of ceiling falling and a leaking roof
First, it was the Kopar Khairane post office which witnessed water leakages followed by portions of ceiling falling earlier this month.
It’s now turn of Kopar Khairane police station that is housed in the same building on the first floor. The police station has a leaking roof, making it difficult for personnel to work. There is continuous dripping of water in senior police inspector’s cabin.
The situation has worsened after the repair work started in the post office.
The visitors to the police station and the police personnel themselves have to make their way through the scaffolding in the building. Not only do they have to negotiate scaffolding but also dodge puddles and leaking roof.
A portion of the ceiling of the post office at Sector 6 fell on two consecutive days in the first week of July, following which, it was shut. It is now temporarily functioning from the canteen of NMMT depot, situated a few The Kopar Khairane police station is dilapidated even as post office repair work is on.
Cidco has meanwhile taken up the repair work of the post office following orders of MP Rajan
Vichare who visited the office.
To stop the leakages, the roof of the building has been dug up for repairs.
The leakage which was only at one section of Ganesh Market building has now spread to all areas. This has resulted in water seeping into the police station area as well.
The walls of the police station are damp. Important documents stored are soggy. Even the areas where officials and personnel sit witness constant dripping of water.
The personnel often have to switch off electric appliances such as fans and lights as water seeps into them, increasing the risk of electric shocks and short circuits.
Satish Gaikwad, senior police inspector of Kopar Khairane police station, said: “A senior citizen failed to notice a bamboo on Thursday as it was dark and hit his head against it, sustaining injuries. There could be serious injuries.”
He said, “We are advising all visitors to take care when they come to the police station and watch out for water and the scaffolding.”
Gaikwad said, “We have apprised Cidco officials of the state of affairs. We are suffering due to the differences between the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and Cidco.”
He added, “We have got a plot at Sector 20 for a new police station. Hopefully, we will shift there soon and at least the next monsoon will be better.”
A 55-year-old businessman, who deals in electrical equipment, from Thane was cheated of Rs23.56 core by a man from Goregaon.
The accused, Pawan Satish Kulwar, 38, has been arrested and remanded in police custody till July 27. Kulwar, who is a developer, took the money from the businessman over a period of time from 2006 to 2014.
In 2006, Kulwar met Rajesh Chotelal Tailor, a resident of Hiranandani in Thane.
After their friendship developed, Kulwar soon convinced Tailor to invest in his on-going project in Thane, assuring him that he will get good returns.
Tailor initially paid a more than crore after being promised that a major amount of the profit will be his after flats are sold. A police inspector from Kasarwadvli police station said, “From 2006 to 2014, Tailor paid him Rs23.54 crore through check and cash. A couple of years ago, the accused kept skirting the topic of his profit sharing ratio. Kulwar did not tell the complainant about the flats which were sold.”
Tailor is in London and the police will probe further after he returns. During investigation, the police found three to four other suspects involved in the crime. They are yet to be arrested.
The police inspector said, “Tailor invested money in Atlanta Estate, a project in Thane. We are searching for other accused. Kulwar has been booked under sections 420,465,467, 468,471 and 506 of 34 of the Indian Penal Code.”