RTO of­fices un­der ca­bles worry vis­i­tors NMMC elec­tri­cal dept to get 2 lad­der vans to fix street lights

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Gaibi Na­gar in Bhi­wandi. Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai Deputy RTO of­fice has started three of­fices un­der high-ten­sion ca­bles near APMC. Since con­tainer boxes have been used for the of­fice pur­pose, the per­son­nel and those vis­it­ing the of­fices face grave dan­ger to their lives.

The RTO does not have an of­fice of its own in the city. The head of­fice func­tions from rented APMC shops. Those giv­ing driv­ing tests for two-wheel­ers too have to do so un­der the high ten­sion ca­ble ar­eas.

As per norms, only green­ery is de­vel­oped un­der high ten­sion ca­bles. How­ever, the RTO has made a godown here. Hun­dreds of seized ve­hi­cles have been vir­tu­ally dumped here. In the rest of the area, con­tain­ers have been in­stalled for 3 of­fices. High-ten­sion ca­bles at APMC pose dan­ger to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

The of­fi­cials and per­son­nel sit in them. There is also a con­crete con­struc­tion in one area.

Har­ish De­sai, a vis­i­tor to the RTO of­fice , said: “The author­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing the law of the land and ex­plain­ing traf­fic rules to us are them­selves vi­o­lat­ing it. This could be very dan­ger­ous.”

He said, “Who will be re­spon­si­ble if a ca­ble snaps and there is a ma­jor in­ci­dent? It is also not nec­es­sary that one comes in con­tact with the ca­bles, their waves are so strong that even those at some dis­tance can be killed as it hap­pened in Turbhe re­cently.”

Dilip Adige, a res­i­dent, said that the plot has been taken on tem­po­rary ba­sis by RTO from CIDCO. “No per­mis­sion has been taken from NMMC for any con­struc­tion,” Adige said.

He asked, “NMMC has been go­ing af­ter il­le­gal con­struc­tions in the city in a ma­jor drive, will it now act against the RTO?”

Adige said CIDCO has given a plot to RTO in Nerul, which has not yet been de­vel­oped. “In­stead, peo­ple are be­ing forced to risk their lives un­der the high ten­sion ca­bles here,” he said.

RTO of­fi­cials were not avail­able for com­ment.

The NMMC stand­ing com­mit­tee has ap­proved a pro­posal for the con­struc­tion of two lad­der vans of 13 me­tre height on a chas­sis pur­chased by the civic body for its elec­tri­cal depart­ment.

The con­tract has been awarded to An­thony Garages Pvt. Ltd. for Rs 37.49 lakh.

Ac­cord­ing to deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Dadasa­heb Chabuk­swar, “NMMC has eight wards and MIDC area where at present five lad­der van ve­hi­cles are de­ployed for re­pair and main­te­nance of street lights.”

He said, “Of these, two lad­der van ve­hi­cles were pur­chased in 1999 and so they are 17 years old now. This has led to an in­creased main­te­nance cost of the ve­hi­cles.”

Chabuk­swar said, “We now plan to con­struct 2 new lad­der vans and write off the two old vans. One new lad­der van will be used for NMMC head­quar­ters and one for MIDC area in NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion. The three other vans were pur­chased in 2009 and are work­ing in good con­di­tion.”

The civic body had called for ten­ders for the con­struc­tion of the body thrice but failed to get any re­sponse from other than An­thony Garages.

It had quoted 19% above the es­ti­mate price of 2013. Fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions, the con­tract price was brought down to the es­ti­mate price. As per the present A three-day ex­hi­bi­tion, Snake a pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion, be­gan at Balak Mandir School in Kalyan from Wed­nes­day. Jaya Wagh­mare, founder and pres­i­dent of ZEST, an NGO which has or­gan­ised the ex­hi­bi­tion, said “We have dis­played pho­to­graphs of 27 species of non-ven­omous, mildly ven­omous and ven­omous snakes which are com­mon in Konkan re­gion.” The ex­hi­bi­tion is opened from 10am to 5pm. mar­ket rate, the con­tract value ac­tu­ally works out to less than 25% of the mar­ket rate of Rs 46.98 lakh.

The stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers de­manded that more such vans be pur­chased for the city.

Cor­po­ra­tor Ashok Gurkhe said, “Only five vans for the city are in­ad­e­quate. This has re­sulted in de­lays in re­pairs de­spite re­peated com­plaints. There are also a num­ber of high masts in the city which are not func­tion­ing prop­erly.”

Gurkhe said, “NMMC can cer­tainly af­ford to make ad­di­tional pur­chases. It will ben­e­fit the peo­ple as the street lights will func­tion prop­erly and faults will be at­tended to at the ear­li­est. There should be at least one lad­der for each of the eight wards.”

The anti-ex­tor­tion cell of Navi Mum­bai crime branch has solved the case of theft of pho­to­copy ma­chines from Taloja last year.

The po­lice have ar­rested 1 per­son for the theft of the ma­chines and their ac­ces­sories to­tally worth around Rs22 lakh. Rs 20 lakh worth of prop­erty has been re­cov­ered from him.

The ma­chines and their ac­ces­sories had been stolen from a godown in Taloja last year. Taloja po­lice had then reg­is­tered case against an uniden­ti­fied per­son. The po­lice had how­ever failed to nab the cul­prit.

Ac­cord­ing to deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) Dilip Sawant, “Re­cently, we re­ceived a tip-off that the ac­cused would be in Turbhe MIDC area. A trap was laid by the anti-ex­tor­tion cell.”

He said, “We man­aged to ar­rest Har­ish Ga­jora, 29, the ac­cused, a res­i­dent of Kamothe. It was af­ter 10 months of the crime that he had re­turned to the MIDC area.”

He added, “Fol­low­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he con­fessed to the crime and also re­vealed where he had hidden the stolen prop­erty.”

The po­lice have re­cov­ered nine pho­to­copy ma­chines, fiery parts, toner, ma­chine drum and so on worth Rs20.12 lakh.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

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