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

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

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.

me­tres away.

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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